The Turkish airliner skidded off the runway that killed three people and injured another 180 on-board. Though flights have resumed as the Sabiha Gokcen Airport restarted it’s operations around 4am (12pm AEDT) on Thursday amidst delays and cancellations.
The Boeing 737, operated by a low-cost Pegasus Airline, landed on Wednesday from Izmir on the Turkey’s western coast due to strong winds and heavy rain but, unfortunately overshot the runway.
The plane skidded 50-60 meters before falling into a ditch that was 30m deep, according to Ali Yerlikaya, the city governor. The plane had 177 passengers and six crew members on-board that broke into three parts on impact. According to sources, the plane was 11 years old.
Speaking to the press on Thursday, Yerlikaya said, everyone injured is stable and four people suffered significant injuries. 22 people from the passengers list belong to 12 different countries.
Pegasus Airline posted a tweet where they changed their logo to a blackened version in respect saying their priority is to support the family and friends of the ones who lost their loved ones.