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Turkey: Plane skids off runway landing metres from sea

Turkey: Plane skids off runway landing metres from sea
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By Emma Beswick
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Had the plane skidded three metres further it would have landed in the Black Sea, reports suggest

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A plane carrying 162 people has skidded off the runway in the Turkish province of Trabzon, causing panic on board.

The Pegasus Boeing 737-800 rolled down a slope after landing in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It came to a halt stop on a steep slope just metres before reaching the Black Sea, reports suggest.

Drone footage from the site showed the plane's nose almost touching the water's edge.

Pegasus Airlines said in a statement that the accident was due to a "runway excursion incident" as the plane landed but all 162 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew were unhurt.

The local governor also said all passengers and crew disembarked safely, but reports from emergency service workers suggested three people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The airport was closed until 8 am local time. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

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