Plane skids off runway in Turkey, barely misses sliding into sea
A commercial plane narrowly missed plunging into the Black Sea after skidding off a runway in Turkey.
Photos from the runway in the Trabzon province show the Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 lying at a steep angle on the embankment with its nose staring down the shore of the sea.
A few more feet and the vessel could’ve gone into the sea.
Some of the flight’s 162 passengers and six crew members called the incident a “miracle” because no one was hurt. All were safely evacuated from the plane without any injuries.
The plane lodged onto an embankment after skidding off the runway.
“It’s a miracle we escaped. We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea,” passenger Yuksel Gordu told the Anadolu news agency. “Thank God for this. I feel like I’m going crazy when I think about it.”
Flight PC8622 was landing at Trabzon Airport on Saturday night from Ankara, Turkey’s capital, when it ran off the runway.
“We swerved all of a sudden,” Fatma Gordu, another passenger, told the privately owned Dogan news agency. “”The front of the plane crashed and the back was in the air. Everyone panicked.”
The plane narrowly avoided crashing into the Black Sea in what passengers called a “miracle.”
Investigators are looking into what prompted the jet to go so far off the runway.
The incident briefly shut down flights at Trabzon Airport, which resumed activities by Sunday morning.
With News Wire Services