Every time an event like this takes place, I struggle with the decision on whether to write an article or not. As someone that wants to help you with your fear of flying, it’s difficult to decide what to do.
However, I’ve always been of the opinion that honesty is the best policy. At least here you will only get the facts – rather than the media’s version of events.
Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 came down during final approach Runway 18R at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam. The flight originated from Istanbul. There are 9 confirmed fatalities – 3 of which appear to be the flight crew. There were a total of 126 passengers onboard, along with 7 crew (4 Flight Attendants and 3 Pilots).
The cause of the crash is unknown at present. There is no confirmation of any ‘Mayday’ call before the incident, and it has been confirmed that there were no maintenance issues.
It appears that all pilots were unfortunately killed in the incident, and therefore we must wait for the investigation to take place. The aircraft was a Boeing 737-800, one of the ‘next-generation’ 737 models – and a widely used aircraft type.
Tuncer Mutlucan – a surviving passenger – was quoted by Anatolian Agency as telling broadcaster NTV;
While landing in a normal fashion, a situation such as an air pocket occurred and the airplane went out of control and crashed. Everything took place in a matter of 3-5 seconds. We landed on a field
Ok, there is no such thing as an air pocket – so if you see this quote on TV, please ignore it as this passenger is simply making an uneducated guess.
The same passenger did state;
The pilot had announced that the plane would land at the Schiphol Airport in 15 minutes. We crashed about 7-8 minutes after the pilot’s announcement.
I will be keeping a close eye on proceedings, and keep you up to date on the investigation as it progresses.
Why Should I Not Be Scared After an Incident Like This?
It’s fair to say that my aim at Flying Fear is made much harder after incidents as the one in Amsterdam today. But, I’ve never been under the illusion that flying is 100% safe. Nothing is……..
Accidents do happen. I’m sorry to say it, but they do. But, in relative terms they are very rare. It’s very easy to forget the thousands of flights departing and arriving safely every day, and instead focus on one single incident.
Airline travel is such a highly regulated industry with incredible levels of safety and security. It is unfortunate that incidents such as Flight TK1951 cause such huge media attention – despite the fact that hundreds of people have been killed on our roads today, and will be tomorrow.
On a side note, 95% of people survived this accident. Stay with FlyingFear.net for updates – although I will only discuss facts – and will not speculate.
Did you witness the incident? Or have any factual knowledge? Contact Me…..