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Plane skids off runaway in northern Turkey, no injuries

Accident triggers panic among the passengers; cause yet unknown

  • A Pegasus Airlines aircraft is pictured after it skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea inImage Credit: Reuters
  • A Pegasus Airlines aircraft is pictured after it skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea inImage Credit: Reuters

ISTANBUL: An airplane has skidded off the runway after landing in the Turkish province of Trabzon, causing panic among the passengers.

Trabzon Gov. Yucel Yavuz said all 162 passengers and crew on board were evacuated and safe early Sunday.

Yavuz said the cause of the accident was not yet known and the airport closed until 08:00 am local (05:00 GMT, 9am in Dubai).

Here's a Youtube video purportedly taken by a passenger of the incident.

Private Pegasus Airlines' Boeing 737-800 departed from Ankara late Saturday. Photographs from the scene showed the plane stuck in mud.

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