Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey's Trabzon Airport

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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)

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<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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