A Sharjah flight in Turkey skidded off the runway after touching down

A Sharjah flight in Turkey skidded off the runway after touching down

08 Jan 2020

Passengers were safely evacuated

A Pegasus plane, which left Sharjah International on Tuesday morning for Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, has slid off the runway after touching down.

Images from the scene showed emergency vehicles surrounding the plane, which was apparently stranded on the grass next to the runways, although no-one was injured and passengers were safely evacuated.

Pegasus Airlines said the plane had encountered a "runway excursion" and that an investigation had been launched.

The PC747 flight, a Boeing 737-800, departed Sharjah at 5.15am and arrived in Istanbul on time at 9.30am.

Storms and heavy rain have affected transportation in the city since Sunday night.

Passengers using the airport have been advised to contact their airlines for further information.

It is the latest incident of a flight coming off a runway to affect Pegasus, a low-cost airline, in Turkey.

In 2018, a Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway at Trabzon on the Black Sea coast and plunged down the side of a cliff overlooking the sea. The 168 passengers and crew left the aircraft safely.