Istanbul plane crash: Pegasus flight skids off runway after landing from Izmir

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Feb 5, 2020

February 5, 2020

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A plane flying into Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport from Izmir skidded off the runway and crashed on Wednesday but there were no fatalities, Turkish Transport Minister Cahit Turhan said.

The plane split into three pieces after what Turhan called a rough landing. He added some passengers were injured.

A spokeswoman for Pegasus Airlines confirmed the crash but did not provide further details.

Mr Turhan said the plane was carrying 177 passengers and six crew members from Turkey's western province of Izmir. Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said on Twitter that emergency response teams were working to evacuate the passengers.

Television footage shows serious damage, with the fuselage appearing to be broken into three pieces. Passengers were being evacuated through the cracks. NTV television reported that the plane caught fire after skidding but it has since been extinguished.

The Transportation Ministry said the accident was the result of a "rough landing."

More to follow.

Updated: February 5, 2020 08:20 PM

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