Horror Crash In Turkey: Plane Skids Off Runway, Snaps Into Several Pieces
A plane skidded off the runway as it tried to land in Istanbul on Wednesday, crashing into a field and breaking into several pieces, leaving one person dead and scores injured.
One person was killed and at least 157 others were hurt, authorities said, as passengers were seen evacuating through the cracks in the plane.
Television footage showed serious damage to the aircraft, with the fuselage appearing to be broken into three pieces at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
NTV television reported the plane, which belonged to the low-cost airline Pegasus, arrived from the city of Izmir. It caught fire after skidding but said the blaze had been extinguished, according to the publication.
The airport was shut down and flights were diverted to Istanbul's main airport.
Istanbul Govenor Ali Yerlikaya confirmed at least 52 people were injured in the accident and have been hospitalised.
His office said the plane was carrying 177 people, including six crew members.
Live television footage showed dozens of rescue crew members working around the flood-lit fuselage, including around the cockpit, which had flipped over.
The Transportation Ministry said there had been no deaths in what it called a "rough landing."
"The accident occurred after (the plane) could not decelerate and rammed into a field from the end of the runway," state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turan as saying.
He added that authorities have had "no contact" with the pilots yet.
The accident comes a month after another Pegasus plane skidded off the runway in Istanbul at the same airport. There were no deaths or injuries in that incident.