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Plane skids off runway and dangles over a cliff

14 January 2018

Daylight in Trabazon, Turkey, has revealed just how close the 162 passengers and crew of a Pegasus Airlines plane came to tragedy on Saturday night.

Images from the scene show the aircraft departed the left side of the runway and travelled part of the way down a steep coastal slope, coming to rest a short distance from the sea.

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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.

Footage posted on social media showed panicked passengers being evacuated from the aircraft and another clip appeared to show one of the plane's engines in the water. "There was panic, people shouting, screaming", she told state-run news agency Anadolu.

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The private carrier Pegasus Airlines' Boeing 737-800 departed from Ankara late on January 13.

The cause of the incident was not known but an investigation is under way, the Trabzon governor's office said.

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The airport was temporarily shut before reopening on Sunday morning.

Plane skids off runway and dangles over a cliff