Turkish passenger plane skids off runway on Black Sea coast

A passenger plane skidded off the runway at Trabzon Airport in Turkey
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AFP

The Boeing 737-800 had just landed at the airport in northeastern Turkey, but skidded off the runway and came to rest in mud on a cliff face just metres from the Black Sea. The plane, belonging to private low-priced carrier Pegasus, had arrived from the capital Ankara.

The province's governor said all 162 passengers and crew on board were evacuated and safe.

Yucel Yavuz said Sunday that investigators were trying to determine why the plane had left the runway and that the airport would be closed until 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT; 12 a.m. EST). It lost control after landing and stuck in mud just meters away from the sea, with its head very close to the water.


Dramatic photos from the scene quickly circulated on social media. "There was panic; people shouting, screaming", Fatma Gordu, who was on board of the flight, told state-run news agency Anadolu, quoted in AFP.

"We stayed inside the plane for at least 20 minutes waiting for someone to help us", said one of the passengers.

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