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UPDATED 6 February, 2020 (10:39 am, +2 UTC)
A Boeing 737-800 operated by Pegasus Airlines, a Turkish low-cost airline, has skidded off the runway and broken into several parts after landing at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport.
According to the Turkish Transportation Ministry, the aircraft was carrying a total of 183 people, 177 passengers and six crew members.
The latest information from the officials provides that three people were killed and 179 injured.
“The Pegasus Airlines flight PC2193, on a TC-IZK registered aircraft, flying from Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport today (5 February 2020), experienced a runway excursion after landing at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport”, the airline confirmed the accident in a statement on its website.
The pictures from the place show the aircraft fuselage being broken into three pieces. Reportedly, right upon landing the aircraft burst into flames, but it was quickly extinguished. The aircraft was landing in a heavy rain.
“Unfortunately, the Pegasus Airlines plane couldn’t hold on the runway due to poor weather conditions and skidded for around 50-60″, saidIstanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya.
The investigation into the accident has been launched.