Many questions remain unanswered a day after a tragic plane crash at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in which 9 people died.
Dutch authorities have said it could take some time before they are able to identify all the victims. It is still not known what caused the Turkish Airlines jet flying from Istanbul in Turkey to come down in a field near the airport. Of the 134 people onboard, at least 80 were injured. Six of them are in a critical condition. Investigators are now studying the black box to try to find out what happened in the moments leading up to the crash. It is not believed the weather, which was slightly misty at the time, is to blame. The police said it was a miracle only nine people died. The plane did not catch fire. Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has visited the crisis team at Schiphol as well as the victims in hospital. Most of the passengers onboard the plane were from Turkey. Many of their relatives were flown to the Netherlands on a special Turkish Airlines flight last night. One young survivor describes her ordeal: “The captain started shouting, I thought it was a joke. The plane’s nose started diving, and then it rose again. I thought, ‘What kind of a joke is this?’, and then we crashed,” he said. As it hit the ground, the aircraft split into three parts, with many of those at the back and the front of the plane left trapped in their seats in what survivors described as a bloodbath.