In the past few month, incidents of mishaps related to planes have been on the rise. On January 13, a new addition has been made to the list of accidents. A passenger plane skidded off the runway in Turkey and was left stuck in mud off the edge of a cliff. The plane was carrying about 162 passengers, who thankfully escaped unhurt. While the emergency services confirmed that all passenger were evacuated safely, the reason for the plane overshooting the runway and skidding while landing remains unknown. The plane, Pegasus Airlines’ Boeing 737-800, was flying in from Ankara. Footage released on social media showed that one of the aircraft’s windows was smashed while another clip showed one of the plane’s engines in the water.
The incident occurred on Saturday night. Reportedly, the Pegasus Airlines’ Boeing 737-800, was flying in from Ankara and skidded off the runway while landing at Trabzon Airport, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. While the authorities are yet to find the reason for the airplane to skid off of the runway shortly after landing, unverified reports suggest the incident may have been caused by a bird strike. Pictures of the plane getting stuck in a muddy slope which was partly frozen went viral. The nose of the aircraft was just metres away from the sea below. Data released by the flight tracking website RadarBox states that the aircraft possibly struggled to reduce its speed upon landing. The plane, it said, was travelling at a speed of 110 knots (204km/h) on the final third of the runway. Yucel Yavuz, the Trabzon Governor said a crisis desk has been set up after the accident.
Here are the pictures of the plane accident:
Check out a few close-up shots shared by Turkish Air News:
“We’ve taken all necessary measures. We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible,” the governor has been quoted saying. The airport remained closed overnight to launch an investigation. Naturally, the passengers had panicked. One of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, said to state-run news agency Anadolu, “We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic, people shouting, screaming.” The passengers were evacuated from the aircraft on early on Sunday after the arrival of emergency service crews. The passengers were reportedly waiting inside the plane for “at least 20 minutes” for help to arrive. What aggravated their fear was the fact that there was a smell of fuel inside, which led them to think that the plane might explode. Thankfully, that did not happen, said the passengers.