Turkish passenger jet skids off runway, ends up on cliff

15th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

ANKARA, Jan 15: Nearly 170 passengers and crew were rescued Saturday night after a passenger jet skidded off a runway while landing and ended up on the side of a cliff, nearly plunging into the Black Sea, reports say.

[caption id="attachment_12109" align="alignnone" width="879"] The Pegasus plane is seen stuck in mud CREDIT: ANADOLU AGENCY / GETTY[/caption]

Investigators are now trying to figure out how the Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 left the runway at the coastal Turkish airport in Trabzon. None of the people on board were injured.

But the passengers described a terrifying experience as the plane went down the cliff.

“We tilted to the side. The front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic, people shouting, screaming,” a passenger tells Reuters.

“It was a miracle,” another passenger tells. “We could have burned, we could have exploded or we could have gone into the sea.”

Reports say the plane’s wheels became stuck in the mud of the cliff, preventing it from going into the sea.