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Published on Thursday, February 6, 2020

Three killed in Pegasus Airlines crash, many more injured

Three people died and 52 were injured when a Pegasus Airlines plane skidded off the runway and broken into three pieces on landing at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul.

Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the crash, which happened during bad weather.

The Pegasus Airlines jet was carrying 171 passengers and six crew members from Izmir province in the west when it crashed in heavy rain and strong winds.

The two pilots were among the injured. Most of the passengers were Turkish, but 22 were foreign nationals from 12 other countries. A small number of children are believed to have been onboard.

Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan said the plane failed to decelerate after a rough landing. The Boeing 737 landed 30 to 40 metres off the end of the runway, He said authorities had not yet been able to speak to the pilots, a Turkish national and a South Korean,

The airport was closed and flights diverted after the accident. It has since reopened and an investigation into the crash has begun.

Video footage showed passengers climbing through one of the large cracks to escape via one of the wings. Other footage shows the aircraft on fire.


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