Istanbul: Plane skids off runway; probe launched
A passenger plane on a flight from Dusseldorf, Germany, skidded off the runway early Sunday after landing in Istanbul, officials said. No one was injured.
The Turkish-owned private Inter Airlines flight, carrying
102 passengers and six crew members, landed at Istanbul's
Ataturk airport shortly after midnight, an airport official
said. However, the Fokker-100's left side wheel system broke after touching down, causing the plane to turn to the left and skid off the runway, he said.
"The plane skidded for about 1 kilometer on
its left side on a field and stopped," Cefair Cakmak, a
passenger, was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news
agency. "People inside were screaming."
There was slight damage to the plane and passengers were
evacuated through emergency exits, the official said.
"There were screams and panic after the incident. People
ran into each other," Anatolia quoted another passenger, Emine Karakaya, as saying.
Authorities have launched an investigation, the airport
official said. (Albawaba.com)
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