Turkish passenger plane skids down cliff during landing, stopping metres away from sea

A Pegasus Airlines plane skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and ended up halfway down a steep slope into the Black Sea, but no passengers or crew were hurt, Turkish media reported on Sunday.
Dramatic images showed the Pegasus Airlines plane dangerously hanging off a cliff several metres from the Black Sea, its wheels stuck in mud.
Dramatic images showed the Pegasus Airlines plane dangerously hanging off a cliff several metres from the Black Sea, its wheels stuck in mud.PHOTO: REUTERS
The flight had taken off smoothly from Ankara and landed in Trabzon, but skidded off the runway in the northern airport.
The flight had taken off smoothly from Ankara and landed in Trabzon, but skidded off the runway in the northern airport.PHOTO: EPA

ANKARA (AFP) - A passenger plane late on Saturday (Jan 13) skidded off the runway just metres away from the sea as it landed at an airport in northern Turkey, local media images showed.

The Pegasus Airlines flight had taken off smoothly from the capital Ankara and landed in Trabzon, but skidded off the runway in the northern airport. No one was injured or killed in the landing.

Dramatic images from CNN Turk broadcaster showed the plane dangerously hanging off a cliff several metres from the Black Sea, its wheels stuck in mud.

Other images from Dogan news agency showed smoke emanating from the trapped plane.

Pegasus Airlines confirmed in a statement on Sunday (Jan 14) there were no injuries among the 162 passengers onboard as well as two pilots and four cabin crew after they were evacuated.

The cause of the incident was not known but an investigation is under way, the Trabzon governor's office said.

One of the passengers, Ms Fatma Gordu, said panic erupted onboard during the landing.

"We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up. There was panic; people shouting, screaming," she told state-run news agency Anadolu.

The airport was temporarily shut before reopening on Sunday morning.