Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 splits into pieces after suffering a runway excursion.

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 suffered a runway excursion earlier today at an airport in Istanbul.


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A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 suffered a
runway excursion Photo: Getty Image

The aircraft registered TC-IZK was flying the Izmir to Istanbul route as PC2193. The aircraft overran the runway at Istanbul-Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

The Pegasus Boeing 737 was landing in a poor weather. It broke into multiple parts after sliding down an embankment.



Turkish transport minister Cahit Turhan said that no one had dies in the crash at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport, adding that the incident was the result of a "Rough Landing".

There were altogether 177 people on board including six crew members. As per officials, 52 people are in hospital as a result of the incident early today.

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Fire responders and paramedics working on the site Photo: Reuters

The Pegasus Airlines flight had just arrived from Izmir. The fuselage had caught fire though was extinguished as reported by the station.

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Footage from media appears to show the passengers immediately leaving the Boeing 737 through the gaps in the main fuselage, splitted as a result of hard landing.

The airport has been closed, with all the flights being diverted to other airport in the city or are being cancelled.

Police officers inspecting the site. Photo: Reuters

There was a thunderstrom passing the airport at the time of the accident, bringing gusty winds to the area, the Flight Safety Foundation reported.



Conditions around the muddy waterlogged site which has now plunged into darkness, may result in a more difficulty with rain falling in Istanbul.

The Boeing 737 was built in 2009. As per flightradar24, it entered service with Pegasus Airlines in 2016 after operating for now-defunct Air Berlin.

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Full view of the crash site Photo: Reuters

Pegasus Airlines operates with a mixed fleet of Boeing 737s and A320s totalling 82 aircrafts with 67 more A320s on order.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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