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Turkey plane: 3 killed, 179 injured as plane skids off runway in Istanbul

February 6, 2020 at 3:03 am

The wreckage of a Pegasus Airline plane after it skidded off the runway upon landing in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, on 6 February 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey [Onur Çoban/Anadolu Agency]

On Wednesday, the Pegasus Airlines jet, carrying 183 passengers from Izmir province of Turkey, breaks in three when it skids off the runway at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul.

Three people have died and 179 people had been sent to different hospitals in the aftermath of the incident, Turkey’s Health Minister said.

The plane skidded up to 60 meters after landing, before falling up to 40 meters down a ditch, Istanbul Governor said.

The airport has been closed, with all flights being diverted to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, Turkish nationwide TV Channel, NTV reported.

The runway of the airport will be opened to all flights as of 04:00 on 6 February, according to a statement published by the airport.

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