Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea

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

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

All the people on board survived the incident.

Flights resumed at the Trabzon International Airport on Sunday, after being temporarily suspended following the incident.

Official Anadolu Agency showed footage of the efforts to rescue the Boeing 737-800 plane, which became stuck in mud just meters away from the sea, causing panic among the passengers.

Photographs from the scene showed the plane, which departed from the Turkish capital of Ankara on Saturday evening, stuck in the frozen mud.


Emergency services said all passengers were evacuated safely.

All of the 168 people on board of the aircraft were able to safely evacuate the aircraft, according to the flight operator, low-priced carrier Pegasus Airlines. "There has been no loss of life or injury to anyone on-board", the company added.

Trabzon Governor Yucel Yavuz said a crisis desk had been set up after the accident.

Yavus said the airport had been closed overnight to launch an investigation.

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