Plane Skids off Runway, Over Cliff in Northern Turkey



Plane Skids off Runway, Over Cliff in Northern Turkey

By Melissa Kory

4 hours ago

A Boeing 737-800 of Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines after skidding off the runway downhill towards the sea at the airport in Trabzon, Turkey, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Trabzon Gov. Yucel Yavuz said all 162 passengers and crew on board were evacuated and safe early Sunday. The cause of the accident was not yet known. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

At a Glance

  • A plane with 168 people skidded off a runway in northern Turkey.
  • The plane came to rest on a slope close to the Black Sea.
  • No injuries were reported.

A commercial airplane skidded off a runway and down the side of a cliff overlooking the Black Sea while landing at an airport in the northern Turkish province of Trabzon Saturday night.

“Light rain was reported at the Trabzon airport late Saturday night into early Sunday morning,” meteorologist Christopher Dolce said.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 had 162 passengers and six crew members on board, according to the Associated Press.

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flight overruns the runway at Airport in All 162 passengers were evacuated with only minor injuries reported.

The passengers were evacuated and no injuries were reported. The cause of the incident is still being investigated, BBC reports.

“We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic; people shouting, screaming,” Fatma Gordu, who was on the flight, told state-run news agency Anadolu.

“It’s a miracle we escaped. We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea,” Gordu said. “Thank God for this. I feel like I’m going crazy when I think about it.”

The airport was closed for several hours before resuming flights on Sunday morning.

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