Istanbul (AP) - According to the latest information, three people were killed in the crash landing of a passenger jet at Istanbul Airport Sabiha Gökcen. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, as the Anadolu agency reported.
Koca also spoke of 179 injuries after there were initially 157 injuries. A machine by the Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus with 183 people on board came off the runway on Wednesday when it landed for unknown reasons and broke apart. Pictures showed that the front part of the machine was completely torn off, as well as severe breaks in the middle and rear part - there was also a fire on the first pictures. According to the transmitter TRT, the aircraft broke into three parts.
TV pictures also showed how passengers climbed out through a crack in the fuselage and over a wing. According to an eyewitness interviewed by TRT, passengers initially left the plane on their own, and help only came later.
According to initial information, the machine had “made a hard landing” and then slid off-road, said Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan. At first, there was little information about the reasons for the crash landing, which was probably only somewhat successful with a lot of luck. In Istanbul, the weather on Wednesday was stormy and rainy.
Istanbul governor Ali Yerlikaya told journalists that the plane had initially slid 50 to 60 meters on the ground and then dropped from 30 to 40 meters into the lower ground.
Habertürk commentators reported that the demolished cockpit lay overturned. The pilots are fine, said Yerlikaya.
According to official information, 177 passengers were on board, including two babies and six crew members. The airport was closed for further flights after the accident, media reported.