Panic as plane skidded off runway and down a cliff in Turkey

Panic as plane skidded off runway and down a cliff in Turkey

An airplane wound up in a perilous position after skidding of the runway into the mud after landing in the Turkish province of Trabzon early on Sunday.

Images show the aircraft on its belly and at an acute angle just above the water.

Preparations were under way on today to begin moving it.

Pegasus Airlines confirmed in a statement Sunday there were no injuries among the 162 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants.

Trabzon governor Yucel Yavuz said all passengers were safely taken off the plane and some had gone to hospital as a precaution. A Pegasus Airline passenger said:"Words weren't enough to describe the fear on the aircraft".

It is not yet know what caused the accident and there is an investigation underway.

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The Boeing 737-800 plane had flown from Ankara to the northeastern city of Trabzon.

Flights were suspended at the airport but resumed again yesterday. "We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible", he said.

"It then swung to one side and back of the plane moved upwards". "Thank God for this".

"We thought there would be fire", Gordu said.

"We swerved all of a sudden", Fatma Gordu, another passenger, told the privately owned Dogan news agency. "I feel like I'm going insane when I think about it".

A bird strike may have caused the plane to go off course, the BBC reported.

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