AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Nine people were killed and six critically injured Wednesday when a Turkish passenger jet crashed at Amsterdam's main airport, authorities said.
Dutch aviation officials said a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 127 passengers and seven crew members aboard crash-landed in a field at Schiphol International Airport, breaking into three pieces upon impact, CNN reported. Most of the injured were Turkish, officials said.
Another 78 passengers suffered injuries, 25 seriously hurt, with both crew and passengers among the victims, Assistant Amsterdam Mayor Michel Bezuijen told the BBC, adding it was still too early in the investigation to speculate on a cause for the crash.
The flight had originated in Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.
A passenger told NTV Turkey that most of the injured were gathered in the rear section of the plane, the area that sustained the most damage, while other passengers said some of them simply walked off the plane through the cracks in the fuselage.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team of investigators to Amsterdam to assist in the investigation of the crash. NTSB Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker designated senior air safety investigator Joe Sedor as the U.S. accredited representative.