Turkish plane with 134 on board crashes at Amsterdam airport

13:23, 25 February 2009
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Everyone survived

A Turkish Boeing 737-800 with 127 passengers and seven crewmembers onboard crashed upon landing at Amsterdam`s Schiphol Airport on Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses said they saw survivors leaving the plane`s wreckage, and Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said no one was killed in the crash.

"Everyone survived the plane crash. So far 80 people have been evacuated," he said in a live interview on Turkish TV.

Turkish Airlines, the plane`s owner, confirmed the information.

The crash could have been caused by turbulence, a survivor told CNN-Turk.

"We encountered turbulence, very strong turbulence," he said. "I thought we were going to land in a field or on a highway."

He added that over 40 people were injured in the crash.

The plane split into three pieces when it hit the ground. The aircraft crashed near one of the airport`s four runways, some 100-150 meters (330-500 feet) from a busy highway. No explosion or fire followed.

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