Reuters has reported terrifying images captured Saturday night at Trabzon airport on Turkey’s northeast coast showing a passenger plane teetering precariously on a steep slope, its nose pointing toward the waters of the Black Sea below
The near disaster avoided by the whiskers was after the jet skidded off the runway as it was attempting to land.
It was hair raising seeing photos of the jetliner precariously perched at the edge of a sharp slope towards the sea. But the plane came to a stop at what could be the last point before the ultimate disaster could strike.
Incredibly, none of the 168 passengers and crew members on board the Pegasus Airlines flight was hurt in the incident, according to Reuters. Everyone was safely evacuated.
The Turkish airline said in a statement that the Boeing 737-800 aircraft had been flying from Ankara to Trabzon and “had a runway excursion incident” as it landed.
“We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic; people shouting, screaming,” a passenger named Fatma Gordu told state-run news agency Anadolu.
An investigation into the cause of the accident has been launched, reported the BBC. Provincial governor Yucel Yavuz said the Trabzon airport was closed for several hours while authorities conducted a probe into the incident.