Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea

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Passengers on a flight from Ankara to Trabzon escaped a horrific end after the plane skidded off the runway and down the side of a cliff, said a report.

According to The Associated Press, no one was hurt in the incident, and everyone on board was evacuated safely.

Pictures showed the Boeing 737 on a muddy slope just a few yards from the water.

Please see the images From the helicopter with the final position of Fly Pegasus B737-800 (TC-CPF) flight #PC8622 below.

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Pegasus said in a statement the aircraft had been successfully evacuated and no injuries were reported. "I feel like I'm going insane when I think about it". "There was panic, people shouting, screaming", passenger Fatma Gordu was quoted as saying.

"We swerved all of a sudden", she said.

The cause of the accident was not yet known and the airport was closed for several hours while authorities investigated. The prosecutor's office launched an investigation. The plane, belonging to private low-priced carrier Pegasus, had arrived from the capital Ankara.

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