Passenger Jet Liner Shockingly Skids Off Runaway and Balances on Cliff Face Nearly Crashing Into the Sea
By now you may have come across the first hand news report about the freakish accident at Turkey’s Trabzon airport about how a Pegasus airlines plane skidded off the runaway and nearly landed in the sea. The plane was seen lying nose down in a most precarious position on the side of a cliff.
1Passenger plane skids off runaway and almost lands in the sea
The passenger jet had 162 people on board and fortunately none were injured although there was a lot of panic due to the shocking fright of the realization of crashing into the sea. Although there weren’t many photographs at the time of the reports, now more vivid footage has surface showing different views of the plane as it balances on the cliff face.
2Flight PC8622 was in the process of landing when something freakish happened
The Boeing 737-8000 jet of Pegasus Airlines flight PC8622 had just landed at the Trabzon Airport in Turkey when a freak surge of power caused the flight to swerve left off the runaway across the grassy field jolt and bump over the cliff ledge to finally rest on the cliff face as if stuck there.
3Wheels trapped in icy mud saved the plane from sliding further into the sea
It was the icy mud that locked the wheels down in place failing which the plane would have surely slid down the cliff wall in the black sea below. The short cliff face would not have been enough to slow down the plane which would have crashed and broken further on impact or even caught fire, the results would have been tragic. After the plane came to a standstill smoke was observed billowing from the cabin.
4The left engine was ripped apart
The crash resulted in the jet’s left engine being ripped apart from the wing. It was fortunate that there was less panic and passengers were evacuated in an orderly fashion. All flights were subsequently shut down after the incident so that the salvaging and clearing process could begin.
5The airline statement
The airline issued a statement saying “We’re sorry to report that the Boeing 737-800 type TC-CPF registered aircraft of Pegasus Airlines Flight Number PC 8622 Ankara-Trabzon flight scheduled at 18:25 UTC tonight had a Runway Excursion Incident during landing at Trabzon Airport (January 13 2018)”
6Pilots were not under effect of alcohol as breathalyzer tests show
Soon after the passengers and pilots were evacuated, both pilots were made to take breathalyzer tests which showed negative. In the subsequent investigation they revealed that as soon as they started reducing speed and turned right away from the sea area, there was a sudden freakish engine surge immediately after landing causing the plane “the right engine suddenly gained speed for a reason we do now know,” a pilot told Trabzon prosecutors.
7The plane gained speed and surged towards the sea
The surge caused the plane to swerve and move towards the sea after a few moments on the runaway“Due to this speed, the plane got out of our control and suddenly swung to the left and got stuck into the mud in the cliff.”
8Passengers were interviewed
One female passenger Fatma Gordu speaking to reporters said panic erupted soon after landing. “We tilted to the side; the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic; people shouting, screaming,” She also described how the plane began shaking violently on the runaway after it had landed and did not appear to be slowing down.
9Video footage from inside the plane
Video footage has now emerged from inside the plane which you can watch below. However, it wasn’t as bad as it appeared to be because all 162 passengers were evacuated safely without injuries.
10The plane resting on the cliff face with tail in view
As you can see from the photographs, the Pegasus airplane rests dangerously ion the cliff face even as the splashing waves of the black sea can be seen below.
11Gigantic cranes to remove the aircraft
The cranes were ultimately successful in lifting the plane up and over the cliff to bring it back on airport. The nature of the crash and the position made it especially dangerous because of the muddy slope on which the plane rested.
12Overnight operation to get the plane removed
The operation took well over a night as workers can also be seen working in the dark. The salvage operation included fire trucks and ambulances on standby in case of any untoward incident.
13Watch the video
You can watch the video of the entire operation below where cranes remove the Pegasus airplane. This wasn’t the first time an airplane has skidded off the runaway. In Jan 2017, an airplane of the All Nippon Airways skidded off the runaway and crashed into a snow bank at Sapporo Chitose airport in Japan. NO one was hurt.