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3 Deceased, 179 hurt as plane splits open after Slipping off Moist Istanbul runway

Last updated on February 6, 2020

Talking to reporters from the eastern province of Van, Koca explained three people had died in the hospital following the crash, adding that 179 from their 183 passengers and crew on the plane were hurt.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said before that the airplane was taking 177 passengers and six crew by the western province of Izmir. He said the injured were being treated in 18 hospitals in the region.

The airplane, a Boeing 737-86J, divided into three pieces after what Yerlikaya stated was a fall of about 30 to 40 meters in the conclusion of the wet runway. Footage showed that the airplane landing and continuing at a high rate off the runway.

Transport Minister Cahit Turhan said flights waiting to property in Sabiha Gokcen was redirected to Istanbul Airport.

Pegasus stated in a statement that the airplane had gone off the runway and passengers were evacuated. A spokeswoman for the firm didn’t offer additional specifics.

Broadcaster NTV stated the airplane had tried to land in heavy tailwinds despite the prior two flights holding off as a result of the end.

Video footage showed the airplane’s fuselage, in addition to a part of it around the tail, had broken off. Passengers were being directed out as the airplane lay onto a patch of grass near the runway. Dozens of emergency response employees took passengers from the airplane and carried them away on stretchers.

Turkish Airlines stated it had canceled all of its flight in and from Sabiha Gokcen for its afternoon.