Plane skids off runway on Black Sea coast in Turkey

Plane skids off runway on Black Sea coast in Turkey

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.

The Pegasus Airlines plane was landing at Trabzon airport with 162 passengers on board when it overshot the runway and slid down a coastal cliff on Saturday night (13 January).

All 162 passengers and crew on board the Pegasus Airlines' Boeing 737-800 miraculously escaped injury and were safely evacuated early on Sunday morning following the incident at Trabzon Airport, located in the eastern Black Sea region of Turkey.

Pictures showed it nose down the slope just metres from the water's edge.

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"We stayed inside the plane for at least 20 minutes waiting for someone to help us", an unnamed passenger told English-language Turkish publication Daily Sabbah.

"We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up". According to Turkish reports, the weather conditions at the time of landing featured light rain and fog.

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

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