Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Panic as passenger jet skids off runway in Turkey

Panic as passenger jet skids off runway in Turkey

Panic swept through the jet's 162 passengers when the Boeing 737-800 touched down and careered off the tarmac.

Due to rugged terrain of the region, the two airports located in Trabzon and Ordu were built on reclaimed land from the sea.

It teetered right on the edge of the cliff hanging over the Black Sea as passengers cried out in fear. The plane, belonging to private carrier Pegasus, had arrived from the capital Ankara.

But on landing at Trabzon Airport just under 90 minutes later the plane left the runway.

"There was a smell of fuel inside so we all thought the plane will explode, but thankfully it did not happen", the passenger added.

No one was injured in the incident and all passengers were safely evacuated, Anadolu quoted Trabzon governor Yucel Yavuz as saying.

The airport was temporarily shut down until Sunday morning as firefighters cooled down the plane and authorities investigated the accident, whose cause remains unclear.

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