“All the passengers were evacuated. Their relatives came and took the passengers. Vehicles were provided to those who did not have cars. After the airplane landed, before it maneuvered, it slipped and then veered off the runway. There are no injuries. There are some passengers who have gone to hospitals for precautionary purposes,” Trabzon Governor Yücel Yavuz said.The cause of the incident was not yet known and the airport was closed until 08:00 a.m. local time (05:00 GMT). Several Turkish Airlines flights in and out of the airport were canceled.
Several fire brigade teams, rescue teams, special forces units and tow trucks were dispatched to the scene. The passengers’ luggage were rescued by crews and loaded onto buses. “We, as Pegasus Airlines, are sorry to confirm that PC8622 Boeing 737-800 type TC-CPF Ankara-Trabzon plane skidded off the runway as it was landing yesterday evening on Trabzon Airport. Some 162 passengers, two pilots and four members of the cabin crew on board were evacuated. There are no casualties or injuries,” Pegasus said in a statement. Technical inspections will be performed to find the cause of incident.