Plane skids off runway in northern Turkey

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

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.

Images show the aircraft on its belly and at an acute angle just above the water.

Please see the images From the helicopter with the final position of Fly Pegasus B737-800 (TC-CPF) flight #PC8622 below.

Pegasus says all 168 occupants "disembarked safely" from the aircraft, with no injuries to anyone on board.

The airport, situated in the Turkish province of the same name, was closed for several hours afterwards but has since reopened.

Passenger Yuksel Gordu told Turkey's official Anadolu news agency that words weren't enough to describe their fear. "I feel like I'm going insane when I think about it".

"We swerved all of a sudden", she said.

The flight originated in the capital, Ankara.

The cause of the incident was not known and an investigation is under way. The front was down while the plane's rear was up.

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