Police secure the region as rescue people and firefighters across the wreckage of a plane after it skidded off the runway at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. The plane skidded from the runway, crashing as a industry and breaking into pieces. Authorities said at the least 52 individuals were injured, and people had been seen evacuating through the cracks into the air plane. (Emrah Gurel / AP)
ISTANBUL – A Turkish airliner skidded off a runway, crashed into a ditch and broke aside while landing in bad weather in Istanbul Wednesday, killing three people and hurting dozens more. Passengers had to scramble through the split fuselage to flee.
The aircraft, operated by low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines, ended up being arriving at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport through the western Turkish city of Izmir with 183 people and crew on board whenever it had what the Transportation Ministry called a “rough landing.”
Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya stated the air plane did not “hold on the runway“ and skidded some 50-60 yards before it dropped in to the ditch from the height of about 98 feet.
“We are deeply saddened … (But) we are very happy we escaped a better accident,” Yerlikaya said, including that the air plane might have burst into flames.
Wellness Minister Fahrettin Koca reported very early Thursday that three individuals had died and 179 care that is required multiple hospitals.
Emergency workers, assisted by an excavator, recovered one body from underneath the wreckage prior to the rescue mission ended.
The airport ended up being turn off after the incident, which took place at around 6:30 p.m. neighborhood time, and flights were redirected to Istanbul’s main airport.
Survivor Dogus Bilgic, 24, told Turkish television channel NTV that he fled the smashed plane by using a space near their chair and ended up being one of the primary people to get away.