Disaster averted for 162 people as plane misses plunge into Black Sea

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

An airplane on January 14 has skidded off the runway after landing in the Black Sea province of Trabzon, causing panic among passengers aboard, Hurriyet Daily News reported citing Anadolu Agency.

Footage posted on social media showed panicked passengers being evacuated from the aircraft and another clip appeared to show one of the plane's engines in the water.

A passenger plane skidded off the runway and was left stuck in mud off the edge of a cliff in Turkey. "There was panic; people shouting, screaming", Fatma Gordu, who was on board of the flight, told state-run news agency Anadolu, quoted in AFP.

Some 162 passengers and six crew members were on board the Boeing 737-800, which had departed the Turkish capital Ankara.

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Rescue teams were quickly on the scene and the airport has already reopened.

"We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up".

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

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