Turkey plane skids off runway and splits in Istanbul – BBC News

The plane after skidding off the runwayImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption The plane broke into parts after skidding off the runway

A passenger plane has skidded off the runway at an airport in Turkey and broken into three pieces, injuring 52 people, officials say.

The Pegasus Airlines jet was reportedly carrying 171 passengers and six crew when it crashed at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport.

No-one died in the incident, Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan said.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said 52 people had been rushed to hospital and evacuation efforts are continuing.

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Image caption A blaze on the aircraft was put out by firefighters

The plane was landing in heavy rain after flying in from the western province of Izmir, Turkish media reported.

Passengers were led off the plane but officials were working to free some still stuck on board, officials said.

Videos circulating on social media show a fire inside the aircraft although the blaze was later put out by firefighters.

All flights have been suspended at the airport.

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