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One dead, 157 hurt, in Turkey plane accident

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Published on February 10, 2020 with No Comments

Jet catches fire and splits into three after landing in rough weather

One person died and 157 were injured when a plane carrying 177 people skidded off the runway at an Istanbul airport, caught fire and split into three after landing in rough weather on Wednesday.

Live images broadcast on Turkish television showed several people climbing through a large crack in the severed aircraft and escaping onto one of the wings at the rear.The Boeing 737 operated by Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines had flown into Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport from the Aegean port city of Izmir. The plane was apparently buffeted by strong winds and heavy rain lashing Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city.

“At this stage, 157 injured people are in hospital and one of our fellow citizens has lost their life,” Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told reporters.“Some passengers evacuated the plane by themselves but others are stuck inside and our rescuers are working to free them,” Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan said.

The plane was carrying 171 passengers and six crew members, Istanbul governor Ali Yerlikaya said, while Turkish media reports said there were 12 children on board.Governor Yerlikaya said the plane “slid some 60 metres” after skidding off the runway, and then “fell about 30-40 metres” down a bank.The accident, which he attributed to bad weather, “could have had more serious consequences,” he said.


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