Person dies at Amsterdam airport after being sucked into plane engine

A person has died at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam
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A tragic incident at Amsterdam's main airport resulted in the death of an individual after they were sucked into a plane's engine.

The horrific accident occurred when the person became trapped in the engine of a KLM Cityhopper Embraer E190, which was preparing for take-off from Schiphol Airport. The shocking event was witnessed by passengers and crew members on board the aircraft, who are said to have seen the fatality unfold before emergency services arrived at the scene.

The identity of the deceased, whether a passenger or staff member, has not been disclosed.

As the aircraft was being pushed back from its stand, ready to head to Denmark, the person was caught in the engine. Witnesses described to De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper, the "hellish noise" that accompanied the dreadful incident.

One witness recounted: "Many people saw it happen.", reports the Mirror.

According to a source from the Dutch military police, the aircraft was moving along the runway but had to abort its take-off due to an anomaly detected with the engine, as reported by The Telegraph. The plane was carrying a full complement of passengers at the time of the incident, and officials plan to interview them soon.

NL Times, a local news outlet, reported that all passengers were evacuated from the aircraft following the event. The Marechaussee, the military branch tasked with policing the airport, released a statement confirming that "All passengers and employees of the flight in question have disembarked and are being taken care of."

Photographs from the scene depicted the KLM aircraft encircled by fire engines and ambulances as emergency crews hastened to the airstrip.

The aircraft, with a capacity for 104 passengers, was slated for departure to Billund in Denmark at 2.25pm. The pilots' union VNV expressed their concern in a statement: "Our first concern and thoughts go out to those involved and their relatives. We offer our cooperation and expertise in the investigation into the exact cause."

KLM released a statement confirming the tragic event: "Today there was a horrible incident at Schiphol in which a person ended up in a running aircraft engine. Sadly the person has died. We receive passengers and employees who have seen this at Schiphol. The circumstances are currently being investigated. For further information - as soon as available - we refer to the Royal Military Police."

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport issued a statement regarding the incident: "Today there was a horrible incident where a person ended up in an airplane engine. Our thoughts go out to the relatives and we care for the passengers and colleagues who witnessed this. The Royal Military Police is currently conducting an investigation."

Mark Harbers, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, conveyed his condolences via social media: "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."

Authorities are now meticulously investigating to understand how the incident unfolded leading to the individual's death.

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