A Pegasus Airlines flight skid off the runway upon landing at Trabzon Airport in Turkey and plunged down the cliff, almost falling into the ocean with 168 passengers and crew on board.
Whenever aircraft are involved in such an incident there are usually many injured passengers/crew or worse especially considering that in this situation the plane didn’t just skid off the runway but also dropped down a hill.
BBC has an article and video (access here) short after the incident occurred Sunday afternoon.
Panic broke out on a passenger jet when it skidded off the runway at a Turkish airport and plunged down the side of a cliff overlooking the sea.
The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 168 passengers and crew had flown from Ankara and landed at Trabzon on the Black Sea coast late on Saturday.
Everyone on board was evacuated safely, provincial governor Yucel Yavuz said. No injuries were reported. The cause of the accident is being investigated, officials said.
State-run Anadolu news agency said there was panic on board as the plane went out of control.
Pictures show the jet lying nose down on a muddy slope just metres from the water’s edge.
“We tilted to the side. The front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic, people shouting, screaming,” passenger Fatma Gordu was quoted as saying.
Mr Yavuz said the airport was closed for several hours while investigations took place.
In a statement Pegasus Airlines said the plane “had a runway excursion incident” as it landed at Trabzon.
There are many different angles where the position of the plane looks either more or less serious but the angle is pretty steep:
I also found this video on Youtube:
Getting out of that wreck must have been super difficult and horrifying for those captured inside. The video itself shows how steep it was to reach the exits.
Just wow. This could have gone terribly wrong with plenty of casualties not only from the runway excursion but especially in case had the plane dropped into the water. That everybody got off without a scratch is nothing short of a miracle.
Back when the Lion Air flight overshot the runway in Bali 45 passengers got injured (see our old article here).