Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
June 13, 2024 ·  3 min read

Onlookers Watch in Horror as Person is Sucked into Plane Engine at Amsterdam Airport

A tragic accident occurred at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, resulting in the death of an individual who was sucked into the engine of a plane. The unfortunate event involved a KLM Cityhopper Embraer E190 aircraft.

Emergency Response

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Authorities were alerted around 3 PM local time, prompting an immediate response from emergency services. “Our thoughts go out to the relatives and the Royal Military Police is investigating this incident,” stated Schiphol in a statement. Passengers and crew were onboard KLM Flight 1341, which was scheduled to depart for Billund, Denmark when the incident happened.

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Investigation Launched

A KLM at Schiphol Airport
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Following the incident, military police announced the evacuation of the plane, with passengers and crew disembarking while an investigation was initiated. The identity of the deceased remains unknown at this time. KLM expressed their condolences: “A fatal incident took place at Schiphol today during which a person ended up in a running aircraft engine. Sadly, this person has died.

Official Statements

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KLM’s statement continued, “We are currently taking care of the passengers and employees who witnessed the incident at Schiphol. The circumstances are currently under investigation. For further information – once available – we refer you to the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.” Mark Harbers, the Dutch Minister for Infrastructure, also commented: “Terrible news about a fatal accident today at Schiphol. My condolences go out to the relatives of the victim and the people who witnessed the accident.

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Ongoing Investigation

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The Dutch Safety Board has dispatched three inspectors to Schiphol Airport to begin the initial investigation. NOS reported that nothing has been ruled out regarding the identity of the victim or the cause of the incident. The Marechaussee confirmed the death on social media, stating that an investigation is underway and that passengers and crew are being looked after. As investigations continue, more information is expected to be released by the Marechaussee to provide clarity on this tragic incident.

Not The First Plane Accident Like This

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Sadly, this is not the first time someone has died in this way. In December 2022, an airport worker died in an accident at Alabama’s Montgomery Regional Airport after getting stuck in the engine of an airplane. The National Transportation Safety Board said the plane, an Embraer 170 owned by regional carrier Envoy Air, was “parked at the gate with the parking brake set when a ground support personnel was ingested.” In December 2015, a worker at Mumbai Airport died when he was pulled into the engine of an Air India plane. An Air India source said at the time that the fatal accident happened as the Airbus A319 was being towed backward from the parking bay so that it could taxi out. The engineer who died was taking care of the process while standing near the landing gear under the nose of the plane.

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