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Disaster averted for 162 people as plane misses plunge into Black Sea

Disaster averted for 162 people as plane misses plunge into Black Sea
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By Robert Hackwill
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A Pegasus Airlines Boeing skidded off the runway in Trabazon, Turkey.

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Daylight in Trabazon, Turkey, has revealed just how close the 162 passengers and crew of a Pegasus Airlines plane came to tragedy on Saturday night.

The Boeing 737-800 had just landed at the airport in northeastern Turkey, but skidded off the runway and came to rest in mud on a cliff face just metres from the Black Sea.

The plane was coming in from the capital, Ankara, and there was some panic on board before everyone was evacuated safely without loss of life or injury. One passenger reported the plane "tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic; with people shouting and screaming."

Rescue teams were quickly on the scene and the airport has already reopened. The reasons for the plane veering left off the runway are unknown. An investigation is underway.

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