Today’s crash appears to be the worst at Schiphol since an El Al cargo plane slammed into high-rise apartment blocks in a suburb of Amsterdam in October 1992, killing 43 people, most of them on the ground.
Confusion initially surrounded the number of victims this morning, with Turkish authorities saying all those onboard had survived. But Dutch television questioned this as its reporters had apparently spotted what seemed to be body bags at the scene. In the absence of any clear information, worried relatives gathered both in Istanbul and at Schiphol waiting for news of their loved ones. Finally speaking to the press three hours after the crash, local authorities at Schiphol confirmed the number of dead and wounded. However, they refused to speculate over the cause of the crash, in particular rumours that the aircraft had run out of fuel. With the black box found, an investigation is now underway to try to understand what made the Boeing 737 come down as it was trying to land at Schiphol airport in light fog.