Plane Carrying 168 Passengers Dangles Off of Cliff in Turkey

Published January 14th, 2018 - 02:00 GMT
Panic spread through the Boeing 737-800 as it stopped at the edge of the Black Sea (AFP/File)
Panic spread through the Boeing 737-800 as it stopped at the edge of the Black Sea (AFP/File)

 

  • A plane carrying 168 passengers slid off an icy runway in Turkey
  • It was dangling off of a cliff and almost fell into the sea
  • Luckily, no one was injured
  • The airport was temporarily shut before reopening on Sunday morning

 

A passenger jet carrying 168 people came within meters of plunging into the sea after it skidded off an icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport.

Panic spread through the Boeing 737-800 as it stopped at the edge of the Black Sea - with its nose dangling precariously off of a cliff edge.

Luckily, flight PC8622's wheels became stuck in icy mud as it left the runway at Trabzon Airport, which may have prevented it from entering the sea. 

Pegasus Airlines confirmed in a statement there were no injuries among the 162 passengers onboard as well as two pilots and four cabin crew after they were evacuated. 

 

 

Shocking footage from inside the Pegasus plane taken just moments after the crash shows passengers evacuating as passengers are heard crying out in fear.

The aircraft's left jet engine was also ripped from its wing during the crash.

The dramatic footage appears to show smoke billowing from the cabin. 

Another clip taken from outside the aircraft shows fire services dousing the plane with jets of water.

However, from the video, there is no suggestion of there having been a fire. More footage shows passengers gathering under the wing of the plane on the steep slope down to the water.

The flight departed from Ankara, Turkey's capital, on Saturday evening. But on landing at Trabzon Airport, just under 90 minutes later, the plane left the runway. 

Pegasus Airlines is a Turkish budget airline based in the Kurtköy area of Pendik, Istanbul.

One of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, said panic erupted onboard during the landing.

'We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up. There was panic. People shouting, screaming,' she told state-run news agency Anadolu.

The airport was temporarily shut before reopening on Sunday morning.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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