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Passenger jet with 168 people on board skids off icy runway at Turkish airport and is left dangling perilously close to the SEA

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    Flight PC8622 came within metres of plunging into the Black Sea as it skidded on ice at Trabzon Airport
    The Boeing 737-800 was flying from the Turkish capital of Ankara and was carrying 168 people
    Shocking footage from inside the Pegasus plane shows women and children screaming as they are evacuated

By Alex Green For Mailonline

Published: 04:26 EST, 14 January 2018 
 Updated: 08:46 EST, 14 January 2018



A passenger jet carrying 168 people came within metres of plunging into the sea after it skidded off an icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport.

Panic spread through the Boeing 737-800 as it stopped at the edge of the Black Sea - with its nose dangling precariously off a cliff edge.

Luckily, flight PC8622's wheels became stuck in icy mud as it left the runway at Trabzon Airport, which may have preventing it from entering the sea.

Pegasus Airlines confirmed in a statement there were no injuries among the 162 passengers onboard as well as two pilots and four cabin crew after they were evacuated.
A passenger jet carrying 168 people came within metres of plunging into the Black Sea after it skidded off a icy runway as it landed at Trabzon airport in Turkey

The aircraft's left jet engine was also ripped from its wing during the crash.

Bodies fill the central aisle of the aircraft and stewards can are heard addressing passengers over a loud speaker system.

Its nose dangled precariously off a cliff edge as passengers and crew evacuated, piling down the aisle towards exits


The flight departed from Ankara, Turkey's capital, on Saturday evening. But on landing at Trabzon Airport, just under 90 minutes later, the plane left the runway.

Pegasus Airlines is a Turkish budget airline based in the Kurtköy area of Pendik, Istanbul.

One of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, said panic erupted onboard during the landing.

'We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up. There was panic. People shouting, screaming,' she told state-run news agency Anadolu.

Fire services attended the crash site at Trabzon Airport, dousing the aircraft in water
The private flight departed from Ankara, Turkey's capital, on Saturday evening and skidded as it landed less than 90 minutes later

The private flight departed from Ankara, Turkey's capital, on Saturday evening and skidded as it landed less than 90 minutes later

Trabzon Airport shut and flights were delayed and cancelled as passengers from the flight were evacuated.

Trabzon governor Yucel Yavuz confirmed that all of the passengers and crew on board escaped uninjured, saying: 'We've taken all necessary measures. We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible'.

He added that a crisis desk had been set up at the airport. Flights have now resumed in and out of Trabzon.

Flights in and out of Trabzon Airport were halted while the passengers were evacuated from the crashed commercial jet
Emergency services rushed to the scene and began to douse the aircraft with jets of water




Trabzon governor Yucel Yavuz said that all of the passengers and crew on board escaped uninjured