It stopped where? Plane skids off cliff edge


A passenger jet skidded off a runway and got stuck in the mud on the edge of a cliff in northern Turkey.

Dramatic images showed the white aircraft left dangling precariously on the muddy cliff face against the backdrop of the crystal clear blue waters of the Black Sea.

All 162 passengers and crew, who were on board the aircraft when it overshot the runway and nosedived downhill, were evacuated safely by emergency services. No one was hurt.

The Pegasus Airline’s Boeing 737-800 was flying from the Turkish capital Ankara to Trabzon Airport when it ended up careering off the runway on Sunday.

It is not yet known what caused the plane to skid off onto the cliff face.

The local governor, Yucel Yavuz, said an investigation had been launched into the incident.

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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