Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea

Plane Nearly Crashes Into Sea After Skidding off Runway in Turkey
               REUTERS Ihlas News Agency

A commercial airplane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea. Photographs from the scene showed the plane stuck in mud. The plane, belonging to private carrier Pegasus, had arrived from the capital Ankara.

No one was injured or killed in the landing.

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

Passengers panicked. "We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up".

Official Anadolu Agency showed footage of the efforts to rescue the Boeing 737-800 plane, which became stuck in mud just meters away from the sea, causing panic among the passengers.

The local governor, Yucel Yavuz, said an investigation had been launched into the incident - which Pegasus Airlines described in a statement as a "runway excursion". "We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible", he said.

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