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Plane in Turkey Skids Off Runway, Teetering on Water’s Edge

Pegasus Airlines, a low-cost Turkish carrier, said in a statement that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, flying to Trabzon from Ankara, the capital, “had a runway excursion incident” as it tried to land.

Fatma Gordu, another passenger, told the news agency Dogan that there had been a loud sound after touching down, The A.P. reported.

“We swerved all of a sudden,” she said. “The front of the plane crashed and the back was in the air. Everyone panicked.”

The 162 passengers, two pilots and four members of the cabin crew were not hurt and disembarked safely, the airline said.

The plane overran Runway 11 at the airport, according to local news reports. It was raining at the time, and the runway was wet during the landing, news outlets reported. The aircraft apparently had trouble slowing down on the runway.

One engine flew into the sea, according to nighttime images from the site.

Video footage also emerged on Twitter of crew members and panicked passengers being evacuated.

Gov. Yucel Yavuz of Trabzon told the local news media that the passengers were safe and that investigators were trying to find out why the plane had left the runway. The prosecutor’s office has also begun an investigation.

Trabzon Airport was closed overnight but flights resumed on Sunday.

Source: NYT > World

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