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01/14/2018 08:25 am ET

In Terrifying Close Call, Plane Skids Off Turkish Runway And Nearly Plunges Into Black Sea

None of the 168 people on board the Pegasus Airlines flight was injured in the accident.
A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane was stuck in mud on an embankment after landing at Trabzon's aiport on the Blac
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A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane was stuck in mud on an embankment after landing at Trabzon's aiport on the Black Sea coast on Sunday.

Terrifying images captured Saturday night at Trabzon airport on Turkey’s northeast coast showed a passenger plane teetering precariously on a steep slope, its nose pointing toward the waters of the Black Sea below, after the jet skidded off the runway as it was attempting to land.

Incredibly, none of the 168 passengers and crew members on board the Pegasus Airlines flight were hurt in the incident, according to Reuters. Everyone was safely evacuated.

Pegasus Airlines is a Turkish low-cost airline with headquarters in Istanbul.
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Pegasus Airlines is a Turkish low-cost airline with headquarters in Istanbul.

The Turkish airline said in a statement that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft had been flying from Ankara to Trabzon and “had a runway excursion incident” as it landed.

“We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic; people shouting, screaming,” a passenger named Fatma Gordu told state-run news agency Anadolu.

An investigation into the cause of the accident has been launched, reported the BBC. Provincial governor Yucel Yavuz said the Trabzon airport was closed for several hours while authorities conducted a probe into the incident. 

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