A passenger jet with 183 people on board skidded off the runway, broke into three pieces and burst into flames due to a “rough landing” at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport.
Horrifying images show the splintered wreckage of the Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 as rescue teams worked desperately to remove passengers on Wednesday night (Thursday AM AEDT).
The plane skidded off the runway and broke into pieces due to a “rough landing”.
Incredibly, all 177 passengers and six crew on board survived the impact of the brutal crash.
“There has been no loss of life, the injured passengers are being evacuated off the plane to hospitals,” Turkish transport minister Cahit Turan said.
However at least 52 people were injured as a “result of a rough landing”.
Footage shared to social media showed passengers dazed and covered in blood as they walked away from the wreck, which eventually caught on fire.
Turkish media reported that the jet, which was arriving at Istanbul after departing the Turkish city of Izmir, crashed into a road.
Rescue members work after a plane skidded off the runway at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Picture: APSource:AP
Passengers were seen evacuating through cracks in the plane and authorities said many people were injured.
A picture shows the crash site of a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 airplane, after it skidded off the runway upon landing at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul on February 5, 2020.
The plane skidded off the runway, crashing into a field and breaking into pieces.
Video PLANE CRASH Pegasus #PC2193 Boeing 737-800 from Izmir went off the runway in Istanbul and broke apart. Front section separated and flipped while the rear of the plane has a large crack. A small fire was seen near the rear. Approx 180 people on board.
The Boeing 737-86J departed from Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport at 4:40pm local time and was due to arrive at Istanbul at 5:45pm but crashed just before 6.20pm.
Pegasus Airlines confirmed the crash, but did not provide any further comment.
NTV said the airport is closed, with all flights being diverted to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.
An investigation has been launched to determine what caused the crash.
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