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Plane skids off cliff edge!

A passenger jet skidded off a runway and got stuck in the mud on the edge of a cliff in northern Turkey.

“We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic; people shouting, screaming,” one of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, told state-run news agency Anadolu.

Dramatic images showed the white aircraft left dangling precariously on the muddy cliff face against the backdrop of the crystal clear blue waters of the Black Sea.

All 162 passengers and crew, who were on board the aircraft when it overshot the runway and nosedived downhill, were evacuated safely by emergency services. No one was hurt.

The aircraft crashed off the runway  

© Sky News Screen Grab The aircraft crashed off the runway

The plane is on a cliff

© Sky News Screen Grab The plane is on a cliff

 

The Pegasus Airline’s Boeing 737-800 was flying from the Turkish capital Ankara to Trabzon Airport when it ended up careering off the runway on Sunday.

It is not yet known what caused the plane to skid off onto the cliff face.

The local governor, Yucel Yavuz, said an investigation had been launched into the incident.

The airport, situated in the Turkish province of the same name, was closed for several hours afterwards but has since reopened.

The aircraft narrowly missed the sea © Sky News Screen Grab The aircraft narrowly missed the sea

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