Plane Skids Off Runway, Then Dangles Over Cliff
None of the passengers or crew members on the Pegasus Airlines flight were hurt as a result of the unexpected detour off the runway at the Trabzon Airport in the city of Trabzon.
Photos of the incident show the commercial plane sitting halfway down a cliff off the runway and above the Black Sea. A government agency is investigating the incident to learn how and why the plane left the runway, according to the Associated Press.
Passenger Fatma Gordu told a local news agency that the plane "swerved all of a sudden."
"The front of the plane crashed and the back was in the air," she said, according to the AP. "Everyone panicked."
In a statement, Pegasus Airlines said the Boeing 737-800 aircraft "had a Runway Excursion Incident." The flight had taken off from Ankara, Turkey's capital.
"It's a miracle we escaped," Yuksel Gordu, a passenger on the plane, told a local news agency, according to the AP. "We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea. Thank God for this. I feel like I'm going crazy when I think about it."