Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey's Trabzon Airport
Yahoo News Photo Staff
A plane with 168 people aboard skidded off a runway onto a seaside cliff after landing at an airport in northern Turkey at the weekend, but no one was injured in what one passenger called a “miracle”. The Pegasus Airlines flight had taken off smoothly from the capital Ankara bound for Trabzon, where the accident occurred as the plane was landing late Saturday. Dramatic images from CNN Turk broadcaster showed the plane lying on the cliffside, its nose just metres (feet) from the waters of the Black Sea and its wheels stuck in mud.
“There was panic, people shouting, screaming,” one of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, told state-run Anadolu news agency. “When they told us to leave from the rear exit, everyone tried to push ahead of everyone else. It was a terrible situation.” She said they could smell fuel and feared that a fire would break out. “That is why we were scared,” she said, adding that there were pregnant women and children on board. (AFP)