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Plane skids off runway at Trabzon Airport in Turkey

A Pegasus Airlines passenger plane skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport near the Black Sea. (Reuters)

A plane has skidded off the runway at Trazbon Airport, ending up with its nose nearly in the sea.

No passengers or crew were hurt in the incident, which may have been caused by a bird strike, reports say.

Pegasus Airlines said that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, flying from Ankara to Trabzon, “had a runway excursion incident”.

A passenger jet skidded off the runway at a Turkish airport Saturday and plunged down the side of the cliff just a few feet away from the Black Sea, sparking mass panic among travelers and crewmembers.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft carrying 168 passengers and crewmembers had a “runway excursion incident” while landing at the Trabzon Airport, the airline said in a statement on Sunday. Photos showed the aircraft on a muddy slope with its nose dangerously close to the Black Sea coast.

Panic broke out in the plane when the plane careened off the runway.  (Reuters) Dalton Metzler
Panic broke out in the plane when the plane careened off the runway. (Reuters) Dalton Metzler

“All 162 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew have been disembarked safely from the aircraft. There has been no loss of life or injury to anyone on-board,” the airline said.

Passengers on the jet told state-run news agency Anadolu there was “panic” and “screaming” when the aircraft careened off the runway.

“We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic; people shouting, screaming,” passenger Fatma Gordu said, according to Sky News.

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

The 162 passengers, two pilots and four members of the cabin crew were not hurt and disembarked safely, the airline said.

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

One engine flew into the sea, according to nighttime images from the site.


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