A passenger plane of the Pegasus Airlines skidded off the runway of a Turkish airport and landed on a steep slope merely metres away from the Black Sea. The flight had taken off from the capital city Ankara and landed in Trabzon but skidded off the runway in the airport. According to Reuters, 168 were on board including two pilots and four cabin crew members yet none were killed or injured in the fatal accident.
As reported by Reuters, when the plane came to a halt in thick mud on the edge of the sea, passengers could get the foul smell of fuel. According to one of the passengers on board, the flight tilted on the side as its front went down and the back went up. (Reuters)
The governor of Trabzon, Yucel Yavuz, confirmed that all the passengers were safe while being taken off the plane. Some of them had gone to the hospital for precaution. (AP)
In its statement, Pegasus Airlines said that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft "had a runway excursion incident" as it landed but none of the 168 members on board were hurt. (Reuters)
A passenger on board the flight, Yuksel Gordu called the incident "a miracle." Quoting him, Reuters reported,"We could have burned, we could have exploded or we could have gone into the sea." (Reuters)