A plane has skidded off an airport runway in Istanbul, killing 3 people and injuring 139 passengers as the jet split into three pieces.
Three people died in the crash at the Sabiha Gokcen airport, with transport minister Cahit Turhan saying that passengers had experienced a “rough landing”.
The Pegasus Airlines flight, carrying 177 passengers and six crew members, had just arrived from the city of Izmir when it overshot the runway, according to Turkey’s NTV television.
Footage taken immediately after the crash shows passengers leaving the Boeing 737 through gaps in the fuselage. Rescue crews gathered around the fuselage of the Pegasus Airlines aircraft as it was sprayed with fire hoses.
Meanwhile, masses of people shined torches over the plane, seemingly in an attempt to check for anyone left in the fuselage. Paramedics were also on the scene with stretchers and appeared to make a rescue from the wreckage.
The plane which crashed was built at Boeing’s Renton factory near Seattle, and took its first flight in 2009. It was seemingly being leased to Pegasus Airlines by another firm, having previously been part of Air Berlin’s fleet.
Wednesday’s incident comes only a month after another Pegasus plane came off the runway at the same airport – which resulted in no deaths or injuries.Photo Credit: Getty