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Turkish plane goes off runway, rests on cliff overlooking Black Sea

Last updated on January 16, 2018

Trabzon, Turkey — Passengers on a plane belonging to the airline Pegasus Airlines experienced an overwhelming landing in Turkey when their plane came to a stop over a cliff facing the sea.

The aircraft, with 168 people on board, went off the runway when landing in Trabzon where it became suspended on a small cliff near the waters of the Black Sea.

“We fell to one side, the front was down, while the back of the plane was up, there was panic, people shouted and shouted,” passenger Fatma Gordu told the Anadolu agency.

“All 162 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew were safely disembarked from the plane. There was no loss of life or injury,” Pegasus Airlines said.

The aircraft was a Boeing 737-800 that had left Ankara and was making its landing in Trabzon. Passengers used the emergency exits and then had to climb the bank assisted by the emergency services, to get back to the runway.

A video posted on social networks showed some moments inside the aircraft and firefighters taking precautions to avoid a fire. Authorities said they are investigating the causes of the crash, while the airline merely indicated that the plane suffered an “incident during the landing.”

Governor Yavuz said the airport was closed several hours while investigations were being carried out, but it was already reopened on Sunday morning.