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Turkey plane: Panic as jet skids off runway at Trabzon

BBC Report on the story

The plane stopped with its nose nearly in the water, but no passengers or crew were hurt

Panic broke out on a passenger jet when it skidded off the runway at a Turkish airport and plunged down the side of a cliff overlooking the sea.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 168 passengers and crew had flown from Ankara and landed at Trabzon on the Black Sea coast late on Saturday.

Everyone on board was evacuated safely, provincial governor Yucel Yavuz said. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, officials said.

State-run Anadolu news agency said there was panic on board as the plane went out of control.

Pictures show the jet lying nose down on a muddy slope just metres from the water's edge.

"We tilted to the side. The front was down while the plane's rear was up. There was panic, people shouting, screaming," passenger Fatma Gordu was quoted as saying.

Mr Yavuz said the airport was closed for several hours while investigations took place.

In a statement Pegasus Airlines said the plane "had a runway excursion incident" as it landed at Trabzon.

Pegasus Airlines aircraft pictured after it skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea, Turkey, January 14, 2018Image copyright Reuters Image caption It is not yet clear why the plane careered off the runway
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1 hour ago, Boeingoing said:

He probably became incapacitated on the roll out when he opened the pay scales attached to his "Swoop" interview email :D

Haha. That and perhaps a slight tail wind approach to runway 11. 

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This one’s weird. They’re not off the end of the runway, they’ve gone off the left side and from the looks of the skid marks, they started going off at about 3/4 of the way along the landing roll. I’m wondering if there was a landing gear or brakes issue.



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When you blow up the picture the black marks on the runway do not extend over the white stripe and when blown up appear to be objects. According to another forum the marks are actually 2 people walking on the runway.  That being said I guess we can then conclude whatever happened, happened so fast there was no last min. braking.

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22 minutes ago, Kip Powick said:

IMO........he couldn't have been going that fast when he went off the side......if he was at high speed I think he would have ended up in the drink. Both ends are suitable for overrun and if he was "speeding" it would have been a better choice to go right..

I wonder if he made the “hail Mary” decision when there appeared to be more terra ferma to the left. It really narrows down in the last 1500 feet. No matter what this crew and pax were very lucky.

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Initially thought the runway was at Iraklion (LGIR) as a very similar "cliff" at east end of runway.

From Malcolm's post above: " whatever happened, happened so fast there was no last min. braking."   Well, yeah - the wheels in the dirt!

All in all, a very lucky ending to an exceptionally unusual event.

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6 hours ago, anonymous said:

It does not. With no hydraulics powered the rudder (and all flt controls for that matter) is at the mercy of the wind.

Weird accident. For sure.

Not necessarily and the number two engine certainly wasn’t powering anything anymore. Obviously this 737 wasn’t parked in the desired manner. 

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7 hours ago, Super 80 said:

I'm surprised it doesn't look like a Christmas cracker as 737 fuselages that hit the ground are apt to.

Was thinking the same. These stretched 737 fuselages generally break up before and after the wing. 

The last time a 737 ended up in this position was due to train de-railing in Oregon. 



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