Three Dead In Istanbul Runway Overrun (Updated)


Three people were killed and 179 others injured when a 737-800 operated by Pegasus Airlines as Flight 2193 slid off the runway and over an embankment at Turkey’s Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) on Wednesday. According to Turkish authorities, there were 177 passengers and six crewmembers on board. Injured passengers and crew were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The aircraft’s fuselage appears to have split in several places on impact and there was a post-crash fire.

Thunderstorms were reported in the area around the time of the accident with METARs showing winds from 290 degrees at 22 knots gusting to 37 knots, rain showers and visibility of about 4 miles. The aircraft is believed to have been landing on Runway 06. Pegasus Airlines Flight 2193 departed from Izmir-Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) for SAW at approximately 5:05 p.m. local time. SAW was temporarily closed following the crash. An investigation is underway.

A Pegasus Airlines flight also slid off of the runway at SAW on Jan. 7. No one was injured in that incident.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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  1. According to Mode-S data transmitted by the aircraft the aircraft landed long and hot, 1500 meters before the runway threshold the aircraft was descending through 950 feet MSL (corrected for local pressure, actual Mode-S reading 1500 feet)/661 feet AGL at 194 knots over ground, touched down about abeam taxiways T/F (about 1950 meters/6400 feet past the threshold, about 1000 meters/3300 feet before the runway end) at about 130 knots over ground, overran the end of the runway at about 63 knots over ground veering slightly to the left (last transponder transmission), hit the localizer antenna runway 06, went over an airport road and a cliff and impacted the airport perimeter wall. Source:
    The question is…why? Why continue such an aproach? Unfortunately as this happened in Turkey the answer will probably remain under wraps.