Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey's Trabzon Airport

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Turkish authorities are using a large crane to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope just meters away from the Black Sea.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, with 168 people on board, overshot the runway while landing at Trabzon Airport on Jan. 13. All passengers and crew were evacuated and no one was injured.

Ambulances and fire extinguishing trucks were on standby Thursday as the crane lifted the plane up the slope. Workers involved in the recovery posed for a group photograph in front of the half-dangling plane.

Turkish media said the pilots told investigators the plane’s right engine experienced a sudden surge of speed that forced it to swerve to the left, toward the sea. (AP)

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<p>A crane lifts Pegasus airplane which was stucked in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

A crane lifts Pegasus airplane which was stucked in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which was skidded off the runway on January 13, 2018, is lifted by a crane at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea in Trabzon, Turkey on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Dogan News Agency/Reuters) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which was skidded off the runway on January 13, 2018, is lifted by a crane at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea in Trabzon, Turkey on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Dogan News Agency/Reuters)

<p>Cranes lift Pegasus airplane which was stucked in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

Cranes lift Pegasus airplane which was stucked in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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<p>Cranes lift Pegasus airplane which was stucked in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

Cranes lift Pegasus airplane which was stucked in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>Cranes lift Pegasus airplane which was stucked in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

Cranes lift Pegasus airplane which was stucked in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A Boeing 737-800 of Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines is seen in Trabzon, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. A commercial airplane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously Sunday off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the Black Sea.Some of the 168 people on board the Boeing 737-800 described it as a “miracle” that everyone was evacuated safely from the plane, which went off a runway at Trabzon Airport. (Photo: DHA-Depo Photos via AP) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

A Boeing 737-800 of Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines is seen in Trabzon, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. A commercial airplane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously Sunday off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the Black Sea.Some of the 168 people on board the Boeing 737-800 described it as a “miracle” that everyone was evacuated safely from the plane, which went off a runway at Trabzon Airport. (Photo: DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

<p>A Pegasus airplane is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

A Pegasus airplane is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A Pegasus airplane carrying 162 passengers is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: Tugba Yardimci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

A Pegasus airplane carrying 162 passengers is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: Tugba Yardimci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A Pegasus airplane carrying 162 passengers is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018.(Photo: Tugba Yardimci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

A Pegasus airplane carrying 162 passengers is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018.(Photo: Tugba Yardimci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane is seen struck in mud on an embankment, a day after skidding off the airstrip, after landing at Trabzon’s airport on the Black Sea coast on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane is seen struck in mud on an embankment, a day after skidding off the airstrip, after landing at Trabzon’s airport on the Black Sea coast on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Pegasus airplane carrying 162 passengers is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: Tugba Yardimci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

A Pegasus airplane carrying 162 passengers is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: Tugba Yardimci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>Trucks try to pull back stuck airplane at Trabzon Airport on Jan. 14, 2018 in Trabzon, Turkey. Pegasus airplane carrying 162 passengers is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on January 14, 2018. 162 passengers and crew on board were safely evacuated. (Photo: Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

Trucks try to pull back stuck airplane at Trabzon Airport on Jan. 14, 2018 in Trabzon, Turkey. Pegasus airplane carrying 162 passengers is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on January 14, 2018. 162 passengers and crew on board were safely evacuated. (Photo: Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>Trucks try to pull back stuck airplane at Trabzon Airport on Jan. 14, 2018 in Trabzon, Turkey. (Photo” Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

Trucks try to pull back stuck airplane at Trabzon Airport on Jan. 14, 2018 in Trabzon, Turkey. (Photo” Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A Pegasus airplane is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

A Pegasus airplane is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A Pegasus airplane is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

A Pegasus airplane is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane is seen struck in mud on an embankment, a day after skidding off the airstrip, after landing at Trabzon’s airport on the Black Sea coast on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey’s Trabzon Airport

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane is seen struck in mud on an embankment, a day after skidding off the airstrip, after landing at Trabzon’s airport on the Black Sea coast on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

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