Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Plane skids off Turkish runway on Black Sea coast, passengers unhurt

The aircraft narrowly missed the sea Image The aircraft narrowly missed the sea
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 16:11

A passenger jet slid off the runway and became stuck in mud after landing at an global airport in the Black Sea province of Trabzon late Saturday, state-run news agency Anadolu reported.

The Pegasus Airline's Boeing 737-800 was flying from the Turkish capital Ankara to Trabzon Airport when it ended up careering off the runway on Sunday.

Early reports suggest that the wheels dug into the frozen mud, which stopped it from falling completely into the Black Sea.

According to The Associated Press, no one was hurt in the incident, and everyone on board was evacuated safely. The six-member crew, including two pilots, was also evacuated and Pegasus said there were no injuries.

Trabzon Goerner Yucel Yavuz said the cause of the accident, which resulted in the airport being closed for several hours, was not yet known.

Passenger Yuksel Gordu told Turkey's official Anadolu news agency that words weren't enough to describe their fear.

"We tilted to the side".

"We swerved all of a sudden", she said.