A commercial flight carrying 162 passengers hit an icy runway in the northern Turkey province of Trabzon on Saturday evening. The Boeing 737-800, which took off from Ankara, skidded off the runway and stopped halfway down a cliff on the edge of the Black Sea.
The images of the Pegasus Airlines plane precariously placed feet from the water's edge are terrifying. Fortunately, the airline said in a statement there were no injuries among the 168 people aboard the plane, which included four cabin crew and two pilots. Everyone on the plane was safely evacuated.
Yuksel Gordu, a passenger on the plane, told Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency, "It's a miracle we escaped. We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea. Thank God for this. I feel like I’m going crazy when I think about it."
Trabzon International Airport was closed after the incident and didn't reopen until Sunday.