Pegasus Airlines aircraft plunges over cliff after skidding off runway

Pegasus Airlines aircraft plunges over cliff after skidding off runway

An aircraft operated by Pegasus Airlines skidded off the runway at a Turkish airport and plunged down the side of a cliff overlooking the sea.

The Boeing 737-800 with 168 passengers and crew had flown from Ankara and landed at Trabzon on the Black Sea coast late on Saturday.

Everyone on board was evacuated safely, provincial governor Yucel Yavuz said. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, officials said.

State-run Anadolu news agency said there was panic on board as the aircraft went out of control.

Pictures widely used by media today show the 737 lying nose down on a muddy slope just metres from the water’s edge.

“We tilted to the side. The front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic, people shouting, screaming,” passenger Fatma Gordu was quoted as saying.

The airport was closed for several hours while investigations took place.

Pegasus Airlines said the aircraft “had a runway excursion incident” as it landed at Trabzon.

“All 162 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew have been disembarked safely from the aircraft. There has been no loss of life or injury to anyone on-board,” the airline added.

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