Officials, firefighters and paramedics work around the site after a passenger plane skidded off the runway in Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, breaking into two, on February 5
Dhaka: A passenger plane of the Pegasus Airlines skidded off the runway and broke apart in two while landing at Sabiha Gokcen airport of Istanbul in Turkey on February 5. The place was carrying 183 people, three among them died while others suffered severe injuries.
Fahrettin Koca, Health Minister of Turkey said that 179 people had been sent to different hospitals in the aftermath of the incident, which apparently seems to be caused by poor weather conditions. He further mentioned that three people are currently in an intensive care unit.
Out of the 183 passengers the flight PC2193 was carrying, 175 were adults, two were children and six were cabin crew.
Yerlikaya, a government official said the plane skidded up to 60 meters (196 feet) after landing, before falling up to 40 meters down a ditch. He said that 14 of those passengers are suffering "middle range" injuries and eight are lightly injured.
"There are broken bones in different places in their bodies," said Demirhan, Chief Surgeon who is treating some of the patients at Kartal Lutfi Kirdar Training and Research Hospital.
The plane caught fire after landing, and ambulances and rescue teams were at the scene to rescue passengers. The airport was temporarily closed to air traffic.
According to reports, the plane landed at 6:19 pm local time.
Weather radar showed a line of showers and thunderstorms moving through the area at the time of the incident.
Prosecutors in the capital Ankara of Istanbul have launched an investigation into the incident.