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A Turkish Boeing 737-800 with 127 passengers and seven crewmembers onboard
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.

Dutch television later reported that at least five people died in the crash.

A pilot on the ground who witnessed the incident said the Turkish airliner did not crash, but made "an emergency landing." He told journalists that the pilot directed the airplane into a plowed field after he lost engine speed.

Another witness said that the Boeing was coming in for a landing but was too low. It tried to regain altitude to avoid a nearby highway, but the airplane did not have enough speed and crashed in a field some distance short of the runway.

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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