/Istanbul airport closed after plane skids off runway

Istanbul airport closed after plane skids off runway

Published on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport has been temporarily closed and flights are being suspended or diverted after a plane skidded off the runway.

The incident, involving a Pegasus Airways Boeing 737-800, happened earlier today.

All departures and arrivals, both international and domestic, have been cancelled.

Pegasus flight PC747 had arrived from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates when it slid off the runway on landing at Sabiha Gokcen.

Footage of the incident posted online shows that the aircraft emergency slides were deployed, but there are not thought to be any injuries to passengers or crew.

Pegasus said an investigation is underway.

Flights en route to Sabiha Gokcen when the incident happened have been diverted to Ankara, Antalya or the new Istanbul airport.

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