(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE ‘WEATHER COMPANY’)
Plane Skids off Runway, Over Cliff in Northern Turkey
By Melissa Kory
4 hours ago
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,” weather.com meteorologist Christopher Dolce said.
The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 had 162 passengers and six crew members on board, according to the Associated Press.
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.