Police secure the area as rescue members and firefighters around the wreckage of a air plane after it skidded off the runway at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. The plane skidded off the runway, crashing as a field and breaking into pieces. Authorities stated at the very least 52 people were injured, and passengers were seen evacuating through the cracks into the plane. (Emrah Gurel / AP)
ISTANBUL – A Turkish airliner skidded down a runway, crashed as a ditch and broke aside while landing in bad climate in Istanbul Wednesday, killing three individuals and injuring dozens more. Passengers had to scramble through the split fuselage to escape.
The aircraft, operated by low-cost provider Pegasus Airlines, ended up being coming to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport from the western Turkish city of Izmir with 183 people and team up to speed whenever it had just what the Transportation Ministry referred to as a “rough landing.”
Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said the plane neglected to “hold on the runway“ and skidded some 50-60 yards before it dropped to the ditch from the height of approximately 98 foot.
“We are deeply saddened … (But) we have been very happy we escaped a better accident,” Yerlikaya said, adding that the plane might have burst into flames.