Wed, Feb 25, 2009
Witness Says Plane's Nose Rose Sharply Before Crash, Plane Hit
The National Transportation Safety
Board is sending a team of investigators to Amsterdam's Schiphol
International Airport, to assist in the investigation of a
B737-800 (T-CJGE) Turkish Airlines flight 1951, inbound from
Istanbul, that crashed short of the runway on approach at
approximately 10:40 am local time. At least 9 fatalities have been
reported among the 134 passengers and crew believed onboard.
CNN reports the aircraft impacted a field just short of the
runway. The plane appears to have struck the ground tail first,
with the fuselage cracked open just forward stabilizer; a second,
smaller crack is visible forward of the wing. There was no
RTL journalist Greg Crouch told CNN he saw the plane's nose
pitch sharply up just before impact. Weather conditions were
initially reported as calm and largely clear, but subsequent
reports state mist was present, with temperatures of 39 degrees
Fahrenheit and winds from the SSW at 12 mph.
One passenger on the plane told NTV there was no warning of any
onboard emergency, with the routine announcement for passengers to
fasten their seatbelts and prepare for landing the last comments
made before the accident. The passenger added he felt the pilots
throttle up the plane's engines just before feeling "turbulence,"
then a sudden drop.
Turkish Airlines has 52 737-800s in its fleet. The accident is
the first fatal crash at Schiphol since 1994.
NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has designated senior air
safety investigator Joe Sedor as the US Accredited Representative.
He will be joined by three other NTSB investigators. The US team
will also include technical advisors from the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA), Boeing and General Electric.
Information on the progress of the investigation will be
released by the Dutch Safety Board.
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