One person dies while operating a jet engine at Amsterdam airport

One person died Wednesday after “ending up” inside the engine of a working plane at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, authorities said, although the circumstances of the death remain unclear.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the flag carrier of the Netherlands, said in a statement that the episode involved its flight KL1341, which was scheduled to take off for Billund, Denmark.

“We are currently assisting passengers and employees who witnessed the incident at Schiphol,” the airline said.

It was unclear whether the person who died, whose name had not been released, entered the plane’s engine or was pulled into it. KLM did not say whether the person who died was an airline employee or an airport worker.

Schiphol Airport said in a message posted in Dutch on social media that “there was a horrible incident in which a person ended up in the engine of a plane.”

“Our thoughts are with the family and we worry for the passengers and colleagues who saw this,” the airport said.

Passengers on board disembarked after the episode, Dutch military police said on social media, adding that they were investigating.

Images circulating on social media showed fire trucks and other emergency vehicles next to the plane on the tarmac.

The plane was an Embraer ERJ-190, a twin-engine plane, according to FlightAware, a website that tracks air travel. The plane carries up to 100 people and is known as the “Cityhopper” because it is used for short flights within Europe, according to the airline.

Fatal episodes like Wednesday’s are rare on airport runways, which have strict security measures.

In January, a man died after climbing into a plane engine at Salt Lake City International Airport. Police said the man arrived on the plane through an emergency exit gate at the airport. He died at the airport after efforts to save his life failed, police said.

claire moises contributed with reports.

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