Amsterdam air crash kills 9, injured 50

A Turkish passenger jet crashed as it tried to land at Amsterdam's main airport Wednesday, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 55, Dutch airport authorities have said.
Rescuers attend the fuselage of the Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 following Wednesday's crash.

The Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800, which had 127 passengers and seven crew members according to the airline, broke into three pieces on impact in a field near Schiphol Airport.

The injured included both crew and passengers, said acting mayor of Haarlemmermeer municipality Michel Bezuijen.

It is too early to determine the cause of the crash, Bezuijen said.

A news photographer at the scene said she saw an unknown number of bodies lying under a white blanket, Maaike Voersma, a journalist with Dutch newspaper De Pers, told CNN.

A passenger on the plane who spoke to Turkish network DHA said he saw injured people trapped and squeezed between the seats when he walked off the plane.

Flight 1951, which originated from Istanbul, Turkey, was trying to land at Schiphol when it went down at about 10:40 a.m. local time, Dutch airport officials said.

At least three crew members were among the dead.

"There are still three crew members in the cabin," said Bob Steensma of the Dutch Justice Department. "I'm sorry to say they are dead. We leave them there because we have to investigate the cockpit before we take the cockpit apart."

All the passengers, however, had been removed from the plane as of about 5 p.m. (11 a.m. ET), officials said. Roads around the crash site had been blocked to traffic.

Six people were critically injured, Ineke Van Der Zande of Amsterdam Emergency Services told reporters at a briefing. Twenty-five passengers were severely injured, she said, and 24 others were lightly injured. The conditions of the other 31 people were not immediately known, she said. Some 60 ambulances transported 84 people to 11 hospitals throughout the region, she said.

Witnesses said they saw the nose of the plane pitch up suddenly before the crash, according to RTL journalist Greg Crouch.

Pictures from the scene showed the plane broken in three pieces. One tear was in front of the wing, splitting the "Turkish" logo in two, and a larger tear was farther back along he fuselage.

Most of the injured were seated toward the back of the plane, which sustained the most damage, a passenger on the plane told Turkish station NTV. Many of the passengers simply walked off the plane through the cracks in the fuselage, witnesses told NTV.

Images from the scene showed medics treating passengers on the ground next to the buckled hulk of the plane, while firefighters and police examined the aircraft. Photo See rescuers attend the crash scene »

Emergency exits were wide open and there was no signs of fire damage to the fuselage. Also visible was one of the aircraft's engines, apparently separated from the shattered remains of one of the wings.

The plane landed in a flat farmer's field near the airport, RTL journalist Greg Crouch told CNN. He said the weather at the time was partly sunny with no wind or rain.

Witnesses said they saw the nose of the plane pitch up suddenly before the crash, Crouch said.

A bank manager who was a passenger on the plane told NTV that there were no emergency announcements. The crew's last word to the cabin was an announcement to fasten seatbelts and prepare for landing, the bank manager said.

He said he felt the pilot giving more power to the engines before feeling "turbulence," then a sudden drop. He described the crash as similar to a sudden impact that was over in a matter of seconds.

Survivors of the crash were taken to Schiphol airport by bus, journalist Elouise Defauwe of the newspaper Hetparool told CNN.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it is sending a team of investigators to Amsterdam to assist in the crash investigation.

Kieran Daly, of Air Transport Intelligence said the impact had been severe but it could have been survivable because of the lack of fire. He added that there had been vast improvements in the materials used to build airplanes, meaning they did not burn as easily.

Daly also said that the Boeing 737-800 is a reliable aircraft that has been successful and safe in service.

"They really are pretty much state-of-the-art airliners with every imaginable technical benefit the industry has come up with over the years," Daly told CNN.

"You would be optimistic that they would be quite survivable in an accident." Daly said the Turkish aviation industry has a "pretty good record" of safety, and that Turkish Airlines, the national carrier, has a "very good record."

Turkish Airlines said it has 52 Boeing 737-800s in its fleet. They can carry as many as 165 passengers each, the airline said.

The airline's last accident was of a small commuter jet in 2003, he said. It was a fatal crash that happened at a remote airfield in eastern Turkey, he said. "Their mainline operation is safe," Daly said. "Their pilots are well thought of."

The last accident at Schiphol Airport happened in December 2003 when an EasyJet flight carrying 103 passengers to London collided while with a lamppost while taxiing during icy conditions, according to Aviation Safety Network's Web site. The crash caused significant damage to the aircraft, but no one was killed.

The last fatal incident at the Amsterdam airport happened in April 1994 when a KLM aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff as it tried to return to Schiphol. Three of the 24 passengers and crew members on board were killed.



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4-year-old girl dies inside washing machine


A 4 year old girl died after after climbing into a washing machine and tumbling inside for several minutes when her 15-month-old brother turned it on by accident.

The investigators in the Orange County, California, indicated that Kayley Ishii was thrown around inside the machine for about two minutes.

A sheriff's department spokesman said controls to the machine were around 20in off the ground, which was unfortunately close enough for the boy to reach. The start switch was a simple push button.

Girl suffered "blunt force trauma" and was taken to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Centre following the incident on Monday.

Dr. Jim Keany, an emergency room physician at Mission Hospital and CHOC at Mission, was not the attending physician on the girl's case but said it is general practice to work on a child more intensely than an adult.

"Children can be very resilient and bounce back," he said.

In his 17-year medical career, Keany has never seen a washing machine accident like the one reported in Mission Viejo. He also wondered how a front-loading washer could start with a child inside it.

“Washers and dryers have potential suffocation threats for children,” he said. “But this particular case I find highly unusual.”

Keany added that a recent article in the British Journal of Medicine cited 496 washing machine accidents causing injuries, but fewer than 10 percent of them required admission to a hospital.

Investigators have talked to Ishii's mother, Mayumi Ishii, regarding the details of the death, he said.

Ishii told investigators that she didn't know why Kayley climbed inside the front-loading washing machine.

“They don't know if they were playing or what,” Amormino said. “It is very unusual.”

Reuben Ishii, Kayley's father, said the tragedy was difficult to handle.

“I'd rather not make any comment,” he said. “I need to get back to my wife.”

Two young brothers died locked in trunk of mother's car

LONDON - A game turned tragic for two young brothers, who accidentally locked themselves in the trunk of their parents car, while trying to hide inside it. They were found dead about four hours after they were reported missing.

"Preliminarily, it appears that this is just a tragedy," said state trooper Don Trosper. "These boys were out playing and they accidentally got themselves locked in the trunk."

The bodies were found in the trunk of a 1996 car at their mother's home, Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling said. Federal law requires cars made beginning in 2002 to have release latches inside the trunk.

Bowling identified the boys as 8-year-old Chase Baker and 11- year-old Coty Baker.

Dallas: two people died in bizarre car accident


Two people were killed in a bizarre accident when a truck tumbled 14 feet over a Woodall Rodgers Freeway ramp and crushed a car passing underneath, police said.
Ashley Parra, 22 year old UNT student, was driving at job on same route as every day, when 18-wheeler fell onto her car.

Authorities said it appeared the truck's load, a large amount of metal pipe stems, may have shifted and led to the deadly accident.

"I've never seen anything like it," Dallas police Sgt. Gil Cerda said. "Another vehicle falling on your vehicle as you're traveling is just unbelievable."

A waitress at Hooters, Ashley Parra was only a half mile from her work when the truck drove off the ramp.

"She had good grades, she had a lot of potential and she was going to grow up and be somebody someday, and now she's gone," Ms. Castro said of Ms. Parra, a student at the University of North Texas.
Parra was in her first semester at UNT and was studying to become a teacher. Before that, her grandmother said she spent two years studying law at Southern Methodist University.

Police said they were investigating the possibility that speed was a factor in the crash.
"Obviously he was going too fast for his load," Sgt. Harris said. "It doesn't matter what his speed was, it was too fast to go around that curve."


Plane crashed into residential building, 116 people died

TEHERAN (Iran) - Military plane, carrying journalist, crashed into a Teherean apartment block and explode! At least 116 people died. 94 of them were passengers and crew in the C-130 plane. Twenty-eight people, some in critical condition, were taken to hospital. Several children, at home because schools were closed due to a smog alert in the capital, were among the dead in the building.

"I was sitting at home when the windows suddenly smashed and flames came pouring in," a woman in her fifties with cuts on her neck, told Reuters. "There was smoke everywhere."

The Air Force plane was bound for the Gulf port of Bandar Abbas. It was taking 68 local journalists to cover military exercises. Military personnel were also aboard.

Minutes after take off the pilot reported engine trouble and requested an emergency landing at Tehran's Mehrabad airport, but crashed just short of the runway, police said. Iranian journalists at the scene wept and consoled one another over their colleagues' deaths.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said some of those killed on the ground had been in their cars, whose burned-out shells littered the crash site.

The front of the plane was destroyed on impact. A propeller and ripped wing smoldered in front of the blackened building. Flames licked out of the windows of the apartments and thick black smoke billowed into the sky.

"Some people were throwing themselves out of windows to escape the flames. I saw two die like that," a policeman said.

Passerby Hassan Hedayati, his face covered in dust and hands caked with dried blood, was among the first on the scene.

"I pulled 30 bodies out of the plane. They were all charred," he said.

The apartment block, which was still standing, is in the Shahrak-e Towhid neighborhood, a residential area reserved for military families. It lies on the flightpath to the airport.

Iran has a poor airline safety record following a string of air disasters in the past 30 years although most have involved Russian-made aircraft. In Iran's last major military air disaster, an Iranian Ilyushin-76 troop carrier crashed in the southeast of the country on February 19, 2003, killing all 276 Revolutionary Guard soldiers and crew aboard.