Plane skids off runway in northern Turkey

A passenger jet carrying 162 people came within metres of plunging into the sea after it skidded off a icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport

A passenger jet carrying 162 people came within metres of plunging into the sea after it skidded off a icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport

The aircraft, which had taken off from Ankara and was operated by Turkish low-priced carrier Pegasus Airlines, was landing at Trabzon Airport on Turkey's Black Sea coast when the hair-raising accident happened on Saturday night.

The Pegasus Airlines jet narrowly avoided plunging into the sea after it came to a stop on a mud bank while landing at Trabzon Airport on the Black Sea coast. Photographs from the scene showed the plane stuck in mud.

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The incident late Saturday created panic among the 162 passengers and crew on board the Pegasus Airlines flight, but they were all evacuated safely.

The airport, situated in the Turkish province of the same name, was closed for several hours afterwards but has since reopened.

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"We tilted to the side. There was panic; people shouting, screaming", one of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, told state-run news agency Anadolu.

The cause of the incident was not known but an investigation is under way, the governor said.

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