Plane stops on cliff's edge after skidding off runway in Turkey

Plane stops on cliff's edge after skidding off runway in Turkey

A passenger plane skidded off the runway in Turkey and stopped short of falling into the Black Sea soon after it landed at an airport in northern Turkey. The plane, belonging to private low-priced carrier Pegasus, had arrived from the capital Ankara. The plane touched the runway but then veered to the left, nosediving down the cliff before getting stuck in mud a few feet away from the sea.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 162 passengers and six crew had flown from Ankara and just landed at Trabzon on the Black Sea coast.

Emergency services said all passengers were evacuated safely.

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

"We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up. We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible", he said. "There was panic; people shouting, screaming", one of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, told state-run news agency Anadolu.

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