Passenger jet skidded off an icy runway and nearly fell into the sea with 168 people onboard in Turkey

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 a cliff edge.

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

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

Trabzon Airport shut and flights were delayed and canceled as passengers from the flight were evacuated.

Trabzon governor Yucel Yavuz confirmed that all of the passengers and crew on board escaped uninjured, saying: 'We've taken all necessary measures. We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible'.

He added that a crisis desk had been set up at the airport. Flights have now resumed in and out of Trabzon. 

Related news

Lasă un comentariu