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15:49, 14 January 2018

Plane in Turkey Skids Off Runway, Teetering on Water’s Edge


Plane in Turkey Skids Off Runway, Teetering on Water’s Edge

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A passenger plane trying to land in Turkey this weekend created a heart-stopping skid off a runway, ending up halfway down a steep slope at a perilous angle, feet from the Black Sea.

No passengers or crew members on the Pegasus Airlines flight were seriously injured, Turkish officials reported on Sunday.

Yuksel Gordu, a passenger, told the official news agency Anadolu that no words could describe the worry of these on board, according to The Related Press.

“It’s a miracle we escaped,” he stated. “We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea.”

“Thank God for this,” he added. “I really feel like I’m going crazy when I consider about it.”

The episode unfolded about 11:25 Saturday evening at an airport in the northeast coastal city of Trabzon. Images shared on social media showed the plane’s nose close to the water’s edge.

Pegasus Airlines, a low-expense Turkish carrier, stated in a statement that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, flying to Trabzon from Ankara, the capital, “had a runway excursion incident” as it attempted to land.

Fatma Gordu, yet another passenger, told the news agency Dogan that there had been a loud sound following touching down, The A.P. reported.

“We swerved all of a sudden,” she mentioned. “The front of the plane crashed and the back was in the air. Absolutely everyone panicked.”

The 162 passengers, two pilots and 4 members of the cabin crew have been not hurt and disembarked safely, the airline said.

The plane overran Runway 11 at the airport, according to neighborhood news reports. It was raining at the time, and the runway was wet throughout the landing, news outlets reported. The aircraft apparently had difficulty slowing down on the runway.

One particular engine flew into the sea, according to nighttime pictures from the website.

Video footage also emerged on Twitter of crew members and panicked passengers becoming evacuated.

Gov. Yucel Yavuz of Trabzon told the regional news media that the passengers had been safe and that investigators had been attempting to find out why the plane had left the runway. The prosecutor’s office has also begun an investigation.

Trabzon Airport was closed overnight but flights resumed on Sunday.

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Published at Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:48:36 +0000


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