Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea

Turkey: plane overruns runway

Plane skids off runway in northern Turkey

Photographs from the scene showed the plane stuck in mud, dangling precariously off a cliff.

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.

Incredibly all 162 passengers were evacuated from the flight - which had flown from Ankara, Turkey's capital - with no serious injuries.

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Initial pictures from the crash on Saturday evening showed the plane's tail end poking up from the cliff at a horrifying 45 degrees.

They were evacuated safely by emergency services and no one was hurt.

A Pegasus airplane has skidded off the runway on Sunday after landing in the Turkish province of Trabzon, causing panic among the passengers.

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"We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up". No one was injured or killed in the landing, reports said. "There was panic; people shouting, screaming", Fatma Gordu, who was on board of the flight, told state-run news agency Anadolu, quoted in AFP.

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

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