Plane skids off runaway in northern Turkey, no injuries

A passenger plane skidded off the runway at Trabzon Airport in Turkey
Credit
AFP

A passenger plane skidded off the runway at Trabzon Airport in Turkey Credit AFP

Photographs from the scene showed the plane, which departed from the Turkish capital of Ankara on Saturday evening, stuck in the frozen mud. The plane, belonging to private low-priced carrier Pegasus, had arrived from the capital Ankara.

All 162 passengers and crew, who were on board the aircraft when it overshot the runway on Sunday, were evacuated safely by emergency services.

No one was injured or killed in the landing.

Panic spread through the Boeing 737-800 as it stopped at the edge of the Black Sea - with its nose dangling precariously off a cliff edge.

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

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

The airport was temporarily shut down until Sunday morning as firefighters cooled down the plane and authorities investigated the accident, whose cause remains unclear. "We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible", he said.

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