Plane skids off runway on Black Sea coast in Turkey

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An airplane has skidded off the runway after landing in the Turkish province of Trabzon, causing panic among the passengers. The plane touched the runway but then veered to the left, nosediving down the cliff before getting stuck in mud a few feet away from the sea.

As you can see in the photos, the damage is pretty extensive to the plane - but, miraculously, there were no fatalities and all passengers were successfully and safely evacuated.


The private carrier Pegasus Airlines' Boeing 737-800 departed from Ankara late on January 13.

Trabzon Governor Yucel Yavuz said a crisis desk had been set up after the accident. "We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible", he said.


The cause of the incident was not known and an investigation is under way.

"We stayed inside the plane for at least 20 minutes waiting for someone to help us", said one of the passengers. "There was panic, people shouting, screaming", she told state-run news agency Anadolu.


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