Sanjay Jha, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
Plane crashes on landing at Schiphol in Holland
Dutch media report that a Turkish plane crashed on landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and broke into three pieces. There were no deaths in the crash, according to Turkey's Transport Minister Binali Yildirim and Turkish Airlines chief executive Temel Kotil. But latest report on twitter says that at least 5 dead have been reported.Two runways have been reopened at Schiphol Airport after a passenger plane carrying more than 140 people crashed.
It is reported that a Turkish Airlines passenger plane with 135 people on board has crashed near Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Eyewitnesses say it has come to a halt in a field next to the A9 motorway. It appears to have only just missed the landing runway.
The plane has broken in two, but is said not to be on fire. The emergency services are at the scene. As yet, there are no reports of casualties.
More updates. There are conflicting reports about casualties, NOS tv is reporting that about four motionless bodies have been carried out of the plane; 20 people are said to be injured. At least 50 people have escaped unharmed.
Eyewitnesses say it has come to a halt in a field next to the A9 motorway. It appears to have only just missed the landing runway. An off-duty pilot who saw the incident said the plane appeared to be making a controlled landing, having lost thrust from the engines. The Boeing 737-800 was three years old.
The plane has broken into three parts, but did not catch fire. The emergency services are at the scene. All flights to and from Schiphol have been suspended and the A9 around the airport has been closed. Many flights have been redirected to Rotterdam's Zestienhoven airport.
Air industry experts say that Turkish Airlines does not have a great safety record, but the company is not on the EU blacklist of unsafe operators.