Officials in the Netherlands say a muddy, plowed field may have been a factor in averting a worse tragedy
when a Turkish Airlines plane crashed on landing in Amsterdam.
Officials say the soft field near the runway may have cushioned
the impact and averted a fire from ruptured fuel lines and tanks on
the underside of the aircraft, which appeared to be badly damaged.
Airline officials in Turkey initially said no one was killed,
but a local mayor near the airport says nine people died and more
than 50 were injured.
The local official says at least 25 of the injured are in
serious condition, and that the injured include passengers and
The plane broke into three pieces and both engines were torn
off. The plane had 135 people aboard.