Turkish passenger jet nearly ends up in Black Sea after skidding off runway

Turkish passenger jet nearly ends up in Black Sea after skidding off runway
Anadolu Agency (State Run News)
Pegusus Airlines 8622 from Ankara had just landed at Trabzon Airport when it experienced what the airline called a "runway excursion incident."

Authorities in Turkey are trying to figure out how a passenger jet skidded off a runway Sunday, slid down a muddy cliff and came to rest with its nose just yards from the Black Sea.

Pegusus Airlines 8622 from Ankara had just landed at Trabzon Airport when it experienced what the airline called a “runway excursion incident.” The state-run Anadolu news agency said there was panic on board the Boeing 737 as the plane went out of control.

According to the BBC, one passenger said the aircraft “tilted to the side. The front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic, people shouting, screaming.”

Pegasus said 162 passengers, two pilots and 4 cabin crew were onboard at the time. All were evacuated safely and there were no injuries.

The airport at Trabzon, a coastal city in northeastern Turkey, was closed for several hours after the incident, according to the BBC.