Person dies after being sucked into engine at Schiphol Airport

SCHIPHOL AIRPORT AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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A person has died at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport after they were sucked into a plane engine. The horrific incident involved a KLM Cityhopper Embraer E190, which was preparing for take-off when the person became trapped in the engine. The identity of the victim has not been disclosed.

As the aircraft was being pushed back from its stand, ready to head to Denmark, those on board and nearby witnessed the appalling event. The plane was reportedly full of passengers at the time of the incident, and officials are looking to interview them soon, reports the Mirror.

NL Times, a local news outlet, reported that all passengers were evacuated from the aircraft. The Marechaussee, the military force in charge of security at the airport, confirmed in a statement that "all passengers and employees of the flight in question have disembarked and are being taken care of."

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Images from the scene depicted the KLM aircraft, poised for a flight to Billund, Denmark, enveloped by emergency vehicles as crews hastened to the tarmac.

The pilots' union VNV expressed their immediate 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: "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."

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport issued a statement reflecting on the distressing occurrence: "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, shared 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 meticulously investigating to unravel the events leading to the heartbreaking fatality.

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