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Plane skids off Turkish runway on Black Sea coast, passengers unhurt

A Pegasus Airlines aircraft is pictured after it skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea in Trabzon. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Turkey Jan 14, 2018, 04.23 PM (IST)

A Pegasus Airlines plane skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and ended up halfway down a steep slope into the Black Sea, causing panic among passengers.

The incident happened on Saturday night at Trabzon airport in north-east Turkey. No passengers or crew were hurt, Turkish media reported on Sunday.

Pictures from the site showed the plane’s nose close to the water’s edge.

Trabzon’s governor, Yücel Yavuz, said all 162 passengers and crew on board were evacuated from the plane. Yavuz said the cause of the accident was not yet known and the airport was closed until 8am local time.

Pegasus Airlines said in a statement that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which departed from Ankara late on Saturday, “had a runway excursion incident” as it landed, but the 162 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew were unhurt.