A plane carrying the Turkish relatives of the victims of this morning’s plane crash has arrived at Schiphol airport. Most of the passengers onboard the tragic flight were Turkish.
Along with the survivors, the relatives are being put up in a centre in a nearby village. For the victims’ families waiting at Schiphol, there was relief for some: “I was able to speak to my sister who was in the plane. She is safe and sound,” said one woman. “I spoke to my children and my family who were on the plane,” a man added. “They said it was panic onboard, it was incredible, people were shouting ‘Get us out of here!’” In Istanbul, worried relatives and friends also gathered at the airport, waiting for news. It was a long and painful moment for many of the families. One man said his son was on the plane but he was still waiting for news about him. Authorities have said their priority is to contact all passengers’ families before releasing their identities.