Friday, 19 January, 2018

Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea

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Patty Aguilar | 14 January, 2018, 15:42

A plane landing in an airport in northern Turkey skid off the runway and almost fell into the Black Sea, clinging from a steep slope with its nose toward the water below.

Dramatic images show the white aircraft dangling precariously on the steep, muddy cliff face against the backdrop of the clear waters of the Black Sea. No one was injured or killed in the landing, reports said.

The Pegasus Airlines jet narrowly avoided plunging into the sea after it came to a stop on a mud bank while landing at Trabzon Airport on the Black Sea coast.

"All 162 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew have been disembarked safely from the aircraft".

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

"We tilted to the side. There was panic; people shouting, screaming", she said.

The cause of the accident was not yet known and the airport was closed for several hours while authorities investigated.

Flight PC8622's wheels became stuck in icy mud as it landed at Trabzon Airport.

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