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Plane crashes after exiting runway to Sabiha Intl Airport in Istanbul

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Exited a plane carrying 177 people from the runway while landing in Istanbul Wednesday, which led to the outbreak of fire and crashing it. The accident left at least one dead and 157 wounded, according to the Turkish authorities.

The plane belonging to the Turkish private company, Pegasus, split into three parts and caught fire after exiting the runway at the Sabiha International Airport located in the Asian Bank from Istanbul, according to scenes shown by CNN-Turk.

The Boeing 737 was carrying 177 passengers and crew, and came from the city of Izmir in the west of the country. It is likely that the accident occurred due to the heavy rains that hit Istanbul.

“So far, 157 people have been taken to hospital, and one of our citizens has died,” Health Minister Fakhreddin Kuja told a news conference.

Turkish media reported that the Turkish and South Korean pilots were seriously wounded.

And scenes broadcast on Turkish television channels showed that the plane crashed in two places after it went off the runway.

The airliner, which includes the cockpit and the first seats, has been separated from the rest of the body, in addition to the separation of its rear section, which includes the last ten rows of seats and the tail.

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Turkish media reported that 12 children were among the passengers.

Also, television scenes showed people surrounding the plane and a man standing at one of its wings.

The state-run Anatolia News Agency reported that the fire that broke out following the accident enabled the firefighters to control it.

Sabiha airport was closed to flights, and all planes were transferred to Istanbul International Airport, located on the European bank of the economic capital.

Istanbul is a central point of air navigation, located at the intersection between Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

In 2018, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a new airport, in an effort to make it the first global airline destination.

But the city of 15 million people is often exposed to strong winds and heavy rains complicating the mission of the pilots.

The harsh weather conditions in the winter compel the navigation authorities to cancel flights.

The city’s two international airports sometimes witness limited incidents, such as runways derailed or colliding with birds.

In 2018, a Pegasus aircraft flew off the runway in Trabzon, northeastern Turkey, and ended up hanging on the verge of a valley. None of its passengers was hurt.

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