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Disaster averted for 162 people as plane misses plunge into Black Sea

Disaster averted for 162 people as plane misses plunge into Black Sea

A plane landing in an airport in northern Turkey skid off the runway and almost fell into the Black Sea, clinging from a steep slope with its nose toward the water below.

Daylight in Trabazon, Turkey, has revealed just how close the 162 passengers and crew of a Pegasus Airlines plane came to tragedy on Saturday night.

A Pegasus Airlines aircraft is pictured after it skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea in Trabzon, Turkey, January 14, 2018.

Emergency services said all passengers were evacuated safely.

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Dramatic images show the white aircraft dangling precariously on the steep, muddy cliff face against the backdrop of the clear waters of the Black Sea.

One of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, told Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu the crash sparked panic on board the flight. "We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible", he said.

Yucel Yavuz said Sunday that investigators were trying to determine why the plane had left the runway and that the airport would be closed until 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT; 12 a.m. EST).


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