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Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea

Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea

A passenger jet carrying 162 people got stuck on a cliff's edge moments after skidding off a runway early Sunday at Turkey's Trabzon Airport.

Images show the aircraft on its belly and at an acute angle just above the water.

As you can see in the photos, the damage is pretty extensive to the plane - but, miraculously, there were no fatalities and all passengers were successfully and safely evacuated. The mud stopped the craft from plummeting into the Black Sea. "We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea", Gordu said.

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Other images from Dogan news agency showed smoke emanating from the trapped plane.

Trabzon Goerner Yucel Yavuz said the cause of the accident, which resulted in the airport being closed for several hours, was not yet known. "The front of the plane crashed and the back was in the air".

The aircraft (TC-CPF) had arrived at the Black Sea resort as flight PC8622 from Ankara on 13 January.


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