06 February 2020, Thursday 09:38:46

Pegasus plane skids off runway... 3 person dead!

A passenger plane skidded off a wet runway at an Istanbul airport, before splitting into three pieces.

A passenger plane skidded off a wet runway at an Istanbul airport, before splitting into three pieces.

Turkish authorities have suspended all flights in and out of Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport after a Pegasus Airlines plane carrying 177 passengers and 6 crew crashed while landing, killing 3 person and injuring 155 others.

Dozens of rescue crews attended the scene, with passengers seen evacuating through cracks in the smashed Boeing 737-86J, which split into three pieces upon impact.

While there was one fatality, with the individual reportedly dying in hospital following the crash, Istanbul’s Governor Ali Yerlikyaka said it could have been much worse, particularly if the plane had caught fire.


“We are deeply saddened ... (But) we are very happy that we escaped a greater accident,” he said.

157 passengers hurt in the crash, only three have required surgery and two others are in intensive care, with Turkish Health authorities reporting none of the injuries are life threatening. 

The wet runway the plane was landing on is believed to have caused the crash, with Governor Yerlikaya confirming the 11 years old plane skidded off the end of the tarmac and fell around 30 to 40 metres into a field.

Pegasus plane skids off runway... 3 person dead!

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