From the location in the Bijlmermeer, the crash is known in Dutch as the Bijlmerramp. A total of 43 people were reported killed, including the aircrafts three crew members, a non-revenue passenger in a jump seat, and 39 people on the ground. In addition to fatalities,11 persons were seriously injured and 15 persons received minor injuries. The exact number of people killed on the ground is in dispute, the jet landed at Schiphol at 2,31 pm local time. New cargo was loaded into the aircraft, the cargo had been approved by authorities but. The aircraft was refuelled and the issues were repaired, at least provisionally. The crew consisted of Captain Yitzhak Fuchs, First Officer Arnon Ohad, a single passenger was on board, travelling to Tel Aviv to marry an El Al employee. The captain was an aviator, having flown as a fighter-bomber pilot in the Israeli air force in the late 1950s. Flight 1862 was scheduled to depart at 5,30 pm and it departed from runway 01L on a northerly heading at 6,22 pm. Once airborne, the aircraft turned to the right on its departure route, soon after the turn, at 6,27 pm, above the Gooimeer, a lake near Amsterdam, witnesses on the ground heard a sharp bang while the aircraft was climbing through 1950 meters. The bang was the result of the two fuse pins attaching engine three to the wing failing due to microscopic fatigue cracks. The engine separated from the wing of the aircraft, shot forward, damaged the wing flaps, then fell back and struck engine number four. The two engines fell away from the aircraft, also ripping out a 9-meter stretch of the leading edge. The loud noise attracted the attention of some pleasure boaters on Gooimeer, the boaters notified the Netherlands Coastguard of two objects they had seen falling from the sky. One boater, an officer, said he initially thought the two falling objects were parachutists, but as they fell closer he could see they were both plane engines. The captain made a call to air traffic control and indicated that he wanted to return to Schiphol. At 6,28,45 pm, the reported, El Al 1862. ATC and the crew did not yet grasp the severity of the situation
Image: Bijlmerramp 2 without link
4X-AXG, the aircraft involved, seen at Los Angeles in 1992.
Memorial for the victims next to "The tree that saw everything"