Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

All the people on board survived the incident.

Dramatic images show the white aircraft dangling precariously on the steep, muddy cliff face against the backdrop of the clear waters of the Black Sea.

"We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up".

State-run Anadolu news agency said there was panic on board as the plane went out of control.

The Pegasus Airlines had taken off smoothly from the capital Ankara before it landed in Trabzon, reported Reuters.

A Pegasus Airlines Boing 737 passenger plane is seen struck in mud on an embankment a day after skidding off the airstrip
AFP Getty Images A Pegasus Airlines Boing 737 passenger plane is seen struck in mud on an embankment a day after skidding off the airstrip

"We stayed inside the plane for at least 20 minutes waiting for someone to help us", an unnamed passenger told English-language Turkish publication Daily Sabbah.

"There was a smell of fuel inside so we all thought the plane will explode, but thankfully it did not happen", she added.

Pegasus Airlines confirmed in a statement Sunday there were no injuries among the 162 passengers onboard as well as two pilots and four cabin crew after they were evacuated.

Yucel Yavuz said Sunday that investigators were trying to determine why the plane had left the runway and that the airport would be closed until 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT; 12 a.m. EST).

Meteorological data for the airport at around the time of the aircraft's approach indicates light rain and reduced visibility as a result of mist.


Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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