According to Turkish authorities, a plane flying into Sabiha Gokcen International Airport on February 5 (Wednesday), unfortunately encountered a bad weather and glided through the runway killing 3 and leaving 179 injured.
The plane crashed into a field and broke apart into three pieces.
The transportation minister describes the incidence as a ‘rough landing’ and passengers were seen in clamber trying to escape the core.
Due to strong winds and heavy rains in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, the plane was literally walloped.
Istanbul’s Governor, Ali Yerlikaya, also made mention of the fact that the plane couldn’t “hold onto the runway” and glided through 50-60 meters before it released itself into a trench from a height of about 30 meters (98 feet).
“We are deeply saddened … [But] we are very happy that we escaped a greater accident,” Yerlikaya said, adding that the plane could have burst into flames.
Fahrettin Koca, who is the Minister of Health, reported early on Thursday that three people had died and the 179 people injured are being taken care of in multiple hospitals.
The Boeing 737 operated by Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines had come from the Aegean port city of Izmir, NTV television reported.
As the Governor stated earlier, the plane was carrying 177 passengers and 6 crew members but state media also reports that there were 12 children also on board.
Survivor Dogus Bilgic, 24, told Turkish television channel NTV that he fled the smashed plane through a gap near his seat and was one of the first passengers to get out.
“We travelled (on the runway) for some 20 or 30 seconds, then all of a sudden we flew off the runway,” he said while seated in a wheelchair because of a leg injury. “It happened in seconds.”
“I was seated in 25C. I believe the plane broke apart at row 26,” Bilgic recalled, adding that he threw himself out of the plane when he saw the opening.
“The front [of the plane] was in a terrible state. I saw, after I was on the ground, that it had completely broken apart,” he said.
As other passengers emerged from the wreckage, Bilgic said he helped two or three to the ground.
“I carried them somewhere because they weren’t doing as well as us,” he said, then ran away from the plane with others, fearing a possible explosion. “There was complete chaos,” he said.
NTV showed images of the badly damaged plane and flames inside, which were later put out by firefighters.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA