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Engine speed surge caused Turkish plane to skid

Engine speed surge caused Turkish plane to skid

The Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway after landing at an airport in northeast Turkey, stopping just short of the Black Sea as its wheels got stuck in mud.

A commercial plane skidded off a runway in the Turkish province of Trabzon.

Images show the aircraft on its belly and perched at an acute angle just above the water. Provincial governor Yucel Yavuz said the Trabzon airport was closed for several hours while authorities conducted a probe into the incident.

The incident late Saturday created panic among the 162 passengers and crew on board the Pegasus Airlines flight, but they were all evacuated safely. The six-member crew, including two pilots, was also evacuated.

Passenger Yuksel Gordu told Turkey's official Anadolu news agency that words weren't enough to describe their fear.

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

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"We stayed inside the plane for at least 20 minutes waiting for someone to help us", said Fatma Gordu, one of the passengers. "There was panic, people were screaming", she said, describing the moments of horror.

"We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up". "Thank God for this".

Yavuz said the cause of the accident was not yet known. "I feel like I'm going insane when I think about it".

Pilots told investigators that the plane swerved to the left after the surge hit the right engine.

The flight originated in the Turkish capital, Ankara.


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