At Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airport, a crash landing went off lightly. According to the government, none of the 177 passengers and six crew members died. However, some passengers were injured, as the Turkish Transport Minister Cahit Turhan said.
177 passengers were on board. The Pegasus Airlines aircraft from Izmir slipped off the runway on arrival and broke into three parts. Television pictures showed that the front part of the machine was torn apart. According to TRT, it was broken into three parts. The pictures showed how passengers climbed out over a wing.
The transport minister added that 32 ambulances had been sent to the scene of the accident. Istanbul governor Ali Yerlikaya tweeted that 52 people had been taken to hospitals. The evacuation is still ongoing.
The airport was initially closed for further flights after the accident, media reported. Flights would be diverted to the new major Istanbul airport.
At the Sabiha Gökçen airport, a Pegasus plane had only left the runway at the beginning of January. There were no injuries, the airline said.