Airliner Veers Off Cliffside Runway


Turkish authorities say they still aren’t sure why a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 suddenly veered left at the end of its landing run and ended up hanging off the edge of a steep bank over the Black Sea late Saturday. The aircraft, which was on flight from the capital city of Ankara to Trabzon, on the northeastern coast, was safely evacuated and there were no reported injuries among the 168 passengers and crew. “We swerved all of a sudden,” passenger Yuksel Gordu told the Anadolu news agency. “The front of the plane crashed and the back was in the air. Everyone panicked.”

Video of the evacuation shows the slope where the aircraft ended up was muddy and the runway was wet but Weather Underground reported winds were light all Saturday evening and generally aligned with Runway 11/29. Emergency crews were on the scene within minutes and doused the aircraft with water. There was no post-crash fire. Drone video below shows the aftermath.