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Turkey plane: Panic as jet skids off runway at Trabzon

Turkey plane: Panic as jet skids off runway at Trabzon

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Media captionThe plane stopped with its nose nearly in the water, but no passengers or crew were hurt

Panic broke out on a passenger jet when it skidded off the runway at a Turkish airport and plunged down the side of a cliff overlooking the sea.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 168 passengers and crew left Ankara late on Saturday and had just landed at Trabzon, by the Black Sea.

Everyone on board was evacuated safely, provincial governor Yucel Yavuz said. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, officials said.

State-run Anadolu news agency said there was panic on board as the plane went out of control.

Pictures show the jet lying nose down on a muddy slope just metres from the water's edge.

"We tilted to the side. The front was down while the plane's rear was up. There was panic, people shouting, screaming," passenger Fatma Gordu was quoted as saying.

Mr Yavuz said the airport was closed for several hours while investigations took place.

Image copyright Reuters
Image caption It is not yet clear why the plane careered off the runway

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