Turkey plane: Panic as jet skids off runway at Trabzon

A passenger jet carrying 162 people came within metres of plunging into the sea after it skidded off a icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport

A passenger jet carrying 162 people came within metres of plunging into the sea after it skidded off a icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport

An airplane on January 14 has skidded off the runway after landing in the Black Sea province of Trabzon, causing panic among passengers aboard, Hurriyet Daily News reported citing Anadolu Agency.

The incident late Saturday created panic among the 162 passengers and crew on board the Pegasus Airlines flight, but they were all evacuated safely.

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Dramatic images from CNN Turk broadcaster showed the plane dangerously hanging off a cliff several metres (feet) from the Black Sea, its wheels stuck in mud. One passenger reported the plane "tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up".

The Pegasus Airline's Boeing 737 was flying from the Turkish capital Ankara to Trabzon Airport. "There was panic, people shouting, screaming", passenger Fatma Gordu was quoted as saying.

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

Flights have resumed at the Trabzon International Airport on Sunday morning, after being temporarily suspended following the incident.

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