Monday, 19 February, 2018

Plane skids off runway, dangles off cliff in Turkey

A passenger jet carrying 162 people came within metres of plunging into the sea after it skidded off a icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport A passenger jet carrying 162 people came within metres of plunging into the sea after it skidded off a icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport
Orlando Vargas | 15 January, 2018, 01:50

"We tilted to the side".

Authorities are yet to establish what led to the budget airline plane veering off of the runway shortly after landing, with unverified reports suggesting the incident may have been caused by a bird strike.

Dramatic images show the Boeing 737-800 perched precariously above the sea.

"We stayed inside the plane for at least 20 minutes waiting for someone to help us", said one of the passengers.

The flight was on the way from the Turkish capital Ankara to Trabzon Airport on Saturday when the incident occurred.

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Trabzon Governor Yucel Yavuz said investigators were trying to determine why the plane had left the runway. "We could have burned, we could have exploded or we could have gone into the sea". "There was panic; people shouting, screaming", one of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, told state-run news agency Anadolu.

I thank God it didn't.

She said they first heard a loud noise and then the plane started "shaking" a short while after the plane landed and was advancing on the runway. "Every time I think about it, I feel I might go insane", she said.

Flights resumed at the Trabzon International Airport on Sunday morning, after being temporarily suspended following the incident.

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