Istanbul airport closes as Sharjah flight skids off runway in bad weather

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Jan 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

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Istanbul's second airport has suspended flights after an incident involving a flight from Sharjah.

The Pegasus plane, which left Sharjah International on Tuesday morning for Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, appeared to have slid off the runway after touching down.

Images from the scene showed emergency vehicles surrounding the plane, which was apparently stranded on the grass next to the runways.

All departures from the airport have been suspended, while the incident is dealt with.

The DHA news agency reported passengers used emergency slides to leave the aircraft.

The Istanbul governor’s office said there were no deaths or injuries and all 164 passengers left the plane safely, according to DHA.

Several planned departures have been cancelled and arrivals have been diverted to other airports.

The PC747 flight, a Boeing 737-800, departed Sharjah at 5.15am and arrived in Istanbul on time at 9.30am.

Storms and heavy rain have affected transportation in the city since Sunday night.

The official Anadolu news agency said the international airport would be closed until 12:20pm.

It is the latest incident of a flight coming off a runway to affect Pegasus, a low-cost airline, in Turkey.

In 2018, a Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway at Trabzon on the Black Sea coast and plunged down the side of a cliff overlooking the sea. The 168 passengers and crew left the aircraft safely.

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Updated: January 7, 2020 12:47 PM

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