JUST IN: Plane skids off runway in Istanbul, breaks into two

Elias Hubbard
February 5, 2020

The passenger plane is a Pegasus Airlines flight entering Istanbul from Izmir, on Turkey's west coast.

Television footage of the crash revealed serious damage had been done to the fuselage as a result of the crash.

Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan said there were no deaths, and that the majority of passengers were able to get off the plane themselves.

The Pegasus Airlines plane was carrying 177 people, many of whom were injured, according to the Turkish Transportation Ministry. Despite hair-raising damage, the official added that no one was killed.

According to the latest reports, 21 people in total have suffered from injuries.

The aircraft belongs to low-budget Turkish airline Pegasus.

According to NTV, some passengers are believed to be stuck on the plane but officials are now helping them.

NTV television said the plane skidded off the runway and crashed into a road.

Several firefighters and health workers were sent to the scene, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Sabiha Gokcen is Istanbul's - and, in fact, Turkey's - second-busiest airport; it handles about 30 million passengers a year.

Passengers were seen evacuating through a large crack in the aircraft's side.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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