Updated: Turkey’s health minister says 1 person was killed in the plane crash at the Istanbul airport. The number of people injured has now jumped to 157
All 179 people on board a passenger plane survived after it skidded off the runway and broke apart while landing at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport, Pegasus Airlines said in a statement.
Rescue operation at plane crash scene #Turkey #Istanbul pic.twitter.com/qj1Qw72a4Z— Ruptly (@Ruptly) February 5, 2020
Yerlikaya said the plane skidded up to 60 meters (196 feet) after landing, before falling up to 40 meters down a ditch.
#pegasus #İstanbul #Turkey PEGASUS BOEING 737 plane crash …hope everyone are safe …. pic.twitter.com/hPcN0cokVC— Narendran (@naren156258) February 5, 2020
The plane caught fire after landing, and ambulances and rescue teams were at the scene to rescue passengers, CNN Turk reported. The airport has been temporarily closed to air traffic.
According to Flightradar24.com the plane landed at 6.19 p.m. local time (10.19 a.m. ET).
Weather radar showed a line of showers and thunderstorms moving through the area at the time of the incident.
"@KoikiMedia: BREAKING NEWS:— GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) February 5, 2020
Turkey's transport minister says no loss of life in Istanbul plane crash: local media. The plane belonged to Pegasus, a Turkish carrier, and departed Izmir, 350 km SW of Istanbul. The plane is said to have been carrying 177 passengers.@Gidi_Traffic pic.twitter.com/ofjBj0l7pj
“As of now, there is no loss of life, our injured passengers are dispatched to hospitals. Information on developments will continue to be provided.”