Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea

All passengers and flight crew were safely evacuated from the aircraft

All passengers and flight crew were safely evacuated from the aircraft

A passenger plane skidded off the runway and was left stuck in mud off the edge of a cliff in Turkey.

A passenger plane late on Saturday (Jan 13) skidded off the runway just metres away from the sea as it landed at an airport in northern Turkey, local media images showed.

Pictures showed it nose down the slope just metres from the water's edge.

The airport shut as the passengers were evacuated.

Some 162 passengers and crew were on board the aircraft when it overshot the runway and nosedived downhill.

A firefighter hoses down the plane
A firefighter hoses down the plane

Trabzon's governor, Yücel Yavuz, said all 162 passengers and crew on board were evacuated from the plane.

He added that the cause of the accident was still unknown.

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

A Boeing 737 for Pegasus Airways skidded off the runway of Trabzon Airport and dangled precariously over a cliff that fell into the Black Sea. "There was panic, people shouting, screaming", she told state-run news agency Anadolu. According to Turkish reports, the weather conditions at the time of landing featured light rain and fog.

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