Plane stops on cliff's edge after skidding off runway in Turkey

A passenger jet carrying 162 people came within metres of plunging into the sea after it skidded off a icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport

A passenger jet carrying 162 people came within metres of plunging into the sea after it skidded off a icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport

An airplane on January 14 has skidded off the runway after landing in the Black Sea province of Trabzon, causing panic among passengers aboard, Hurriyet Daily News reported citing Anadolu Agency.

They were evacuated safely by emergency services and no one was hurt.

Pictures show the jet lying nose down on a muddy slope just metres from the water's edge.

The private flight departed from Ankara, Turkey's capital, on Saturday evening.

Pegasus said in a statement the aircraft had been successfully evacuated and no injuries were reported.

Passenger Fatma Gordu was quoted by Turkey's state news agency Anadolu as saying people on board panicked: "We tilted to the side". Flights were suspended at Trabzon Airport for several hours after the incident before resuming again Sunday. The plane, belonging to private low-priced carrier Pegasus, had arrived from the capital Ankara.

Yucel Yavuz said Sunday that investigators were trying to determine why the plane had left the runway and that the airport would be closed until 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT; 12 a.m. EST).

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