Plane skids off runway in northern Turkey; no injuries

The aircraft narrowly missed the sea

A commercial airplane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea.

A Pegasus Airlines aircraft is pictured after it skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea in Trabzon, Turkey, January 14, 2018.

Other images from Dogan news agency showed smoke emanating from the trapped plane.

Some 162 passengers and six crew members were on board the Boeing 737-800, which had departed the Turkish capital Ankara.

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Trabzon Goerner Yucel Yavuz said the cause of the accident, which resulted in the airport being closed for several hours, was not yet known.

"We stayed inside the plane for at least 20 minutes waiting for someone to help us", said one of the passengers. "There was panic; people shouting, screaming", she said.

Flights have resumed at the Trabzon International Airport on Sunday morning, after being temporarily suspended following the incident.

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