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Turkey: Pilot arrested for skidding plane off runway

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]
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]

An airline pilot was arrested on Monday after the Turkish passenger plane he was flying skidded off the runway at an Istanbul airport earlier this month, according to judicial sources, Anadolu reports.

Prosecutors in the capital Ankara decided to arrest the captain, identified as M.A., for causing death and injury by negligence after three people died among the 177 passengers and six crew members, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

On 5 Febuary, Pegasus Airlines flight PC2193 was arriving from Turkey’s Aegean province of Izmir at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport when it skidded off the runway while landing.

TV footage showed the nose of the plane almost completely separated from the rest of the fuselage, which burst into flames following the crash.

After skidding off the runway, the plane drifted around 50 meters (164 feet).

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