Plane skids off runway on Black Sea coast in Turkey


Images from the scene show the aircraft departed the left side of the runway and travelled part of the way down a steep coastal slope, coming to rest a short distance from the sea.

The incident late Saturday created panic among the 162 passengers on board Pegasus Airlines Flight PC8622.

Pegasus said in a statement the aircraft had been successfully evacuated and no injuries were reported.

Official Anadolu Agency showed footage of the efforts to rescue the Boeing 737-800 plane, which became stuck in mud just meters away from the sea, causing panic among the passengers.

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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"It's a miracle we escaped. I feel like I'm going insane when I think about it".

No one was injured or killed in the landing, reports said. "The front of the plane crashed and the back was in the air".

"We swerved all of a sudden", she said.

The flight originated in the capital, Ankara.