Terrifying plane crash in Turkey: passenger airline splits in three
Terrifying plane crash in Turkey breaks up after skidding off runway in Istanbul (lead photo by NTV twitter)
Terrifying plane crash in Turkey – A Pegasus Airlines jet has skidded off an airport runway Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport, causing the jet to split into three pieces, Turkish media reports. The plane careered off the end of the runway and stopped just before a busy roadway.
A “rough landing” caused the plane to skid off the runway, according to Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister Turhan.
Turhan has confirmed that no one has died in the crash at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport. According to Turkey’s NTV television, the Pegasus airlines flight was carrying 177 people. The Governor of Istanbul announced that 52 injured people were transferred to hospitals, according to a report by Turkish media NTV.
No word yet on whether there were any Canadians on board.
The aircraft broke at three main stress points, which is not unusual in this kind of high impact crash for that to happen.
NTV also posted detailed photos from the horrifying crash
It had just arrived from the city of Izmir, adding the fuselage had caught fire but has since been extinguished.
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW, ICAO: LTFJ) (Turkish: İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Uluslararası Havalimanı) is one of two international airports serving Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey. Located 32 km (20 mi) southeast of the city center, Sabiha Gökçen Airport is in the Asian part of the bi-continental Istanbul and serves as the hub for some airlines, including Pegasus Airlines as well as a secondary base for Turkish Airlines and Borajet (currently suspended). The facility is named after Sabiha Gökçen, adoptive daughter of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the first female fighter pilot in the world who participated in the bombing of Kurds. Although Istanbul Airport, located 63 km (39 mi) away on the European side of Istanbul, is larger, Sabiha Gökçen is still one of the largest airports in the country.