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Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport

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A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and plunged down a steep slope on the edge of the Black Sea, ending up only metres from the water’s edge. None of the 168 people on board was hurt in the incident, but passengers spoke of panic as the aircraft tipped nose first towards the sea.

Dramatic images from CNN Turk broadcaster showed the plane dangerously hanging off a cliff several metres from the Black Sea, its wheels stuck in mud.

Just after the flight from Ankara landed at the Black Sea city of Trabzon there was a loud noise, Fatma Gordu was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

“We tilted on the side and the front of the plane went down and the back went up,” she said. “There was a huge panic, people were shouting.”

‘We could have burned, we could have exploded or we could have gone into the sea.’

– Yuksel Gordu, passenger on Pegasus Airlines
When the plane came to a halt in thick mud, passengers smelled fuel.

“We thought there would be fire,” Gordu said. “People panicked — there were pregnant women and children.”

Video on social media showed fire crews pumping water over the plane on Saturday night. “It was a miracle,” said another passenger, Yuksel Gordu. “We could have burned, we could have exploded or we could have gone into the sea.”

Trabzon governor Yucel Yavuz said all passengers were safely taken off the plane and some had gone to hospital as a precaution.

“They were all OK,” he told Anadolu.

Pegasus Airlines said in a statement that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft “had a runway excursion incident” as it landed, but the 162 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew were unhurt.

துருக்கி : 168 பயணிகளுடன் புறப்பட்ட விமானம் ஓடு பாதையை தவறி கடலுக்குள் சென்றுள்ளது. கடலுக்கும் விமானத்தின் முன் பகுதிக்கும் ஒரு சில மீட்டர்கள் துரம் இருக்க விமானத்தின் சக்கரம் பாறைகளின் இடுக்கில் சிக்கியதால் விமானம் நின்றது. நேற்று இரவு இந்த விபத்து நிகழ்ந்துள்ளது. மரணத்தை நேரில் பார்த்து விட்டு 168 பயணிகளும் பத்திரமாக மீண்டு வந்துள்ளனர். நாங்கள் எரிந்து சாம்பலாகப் போகின்றோம் அல்லது கடலுக்குள் மூழ்கப் போகின்றொம் என நினைத்தோம் என பயணி ஒருவர் கூறியுள்ளார்.

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