Plane With 162 On Board Skids Off Turkish Runway, Nearly Falls Into Black Sea

The passenger jet of a Turkish low-cost carrier with over 160 on board slid off the slippery runway in the Turkish city of Trabzon Saturday night, leaving it precariously perched atop a cliff edge over the Black Sea, saved only by freezing mud.

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"We’re sorry to report that the Boeing 737-800 type TC-CPF registered aircraft of Pegasus Airlines Flight Number PC 8622 Ankara-Trabzon flight scheduled at 18:25 UTC tonight, had a Runway Excursion Incident during landing at Trabzon Airport (13 January 2018)," the airline said in a statement.

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"All 162 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew have been disembarked safely from the aircraft. There has been no loss of life or injury to anyone on-board," the company added.

According to RT, the rainy conditions made the runway surface slick, and according to data from RadarBox, the jet recorded speeds of 110 knots (204kph, 127mph) on the final third of the runway at which point it skidded out. The airport was closed until 9am local time Sunday.

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"We’ve taken all necessary measures. We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible," Trabzon Governor Yücel Yavuz said Saturday night, as cited by Yeni Safak, adding that a crisis desk had been set up following the incident and that an investigation into the circumstances of the accident had already begun. He confirmed that there were no reported issues with the runway.

Comments

Future Jim Sun, 01/14/2018 - 11:59 Permalink

Someone on board must have information that could indict Hillary ...

I am only half kidding. There was Ron Brown who had dirt on the Clintons, and the Congressman who started talking about the NWO in the 80's, and the Hawaiian clerk who had dirt on Obama ...

RAT005 Klassenfeind Sun, 01/14/2018 - 13:10 Permalink

You never know, maybe we'll learn of some malfunction and the pilot is a hero for turning off the computers at the last second and keeping the plane out of the ocean.

Though 127 mph that close to the end of the runway looks horrible.  Maybe the pilot was looking to slow down in the grass on the edge.  I can't imagine that plane ever stopping before the end of the runway had it continued straight.

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Parrotile Pool Shark Sun, 01/14/2018 - 19:27 Permalink

Probably wouldn't cost much more than a standard D-Check.

The rather obvious fact that it stopped where it did (no so very far from the runway) indicates there wasn't that much residual velocity. It will be interesting to see what happens - no doubt the insurers will be keen to mitigate their losses, and if repair to accepted standard is less costly, then it will be repaired.

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BarkingCat Moe-Monay Sun, 01/14/2018 - 14:47 Permalink

Only flew Turkish Airlines one time and from the stewardesses wear nothing to look at but not ugly either. Just not very attractive and frankly not very pleasant.

...but Istambul airport looked like the bar scene from Star Wars so they deal with every imaginable 3rd world shithole dweller. Probably does not give one a very pleasant disposition.

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just the tip Sun, 01/14/2018 - 12:04 Permalink

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

don't forget to ask for clearance clarence, and check our vector victor.

roger.

huh?