At least 21 people were injured when a passenger plane, a Boeing 737–86J Pegasus Airlines flight, with 177 passengers and and eight crew members on board, has slid off the runway and crashed on a lower area at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport as it attempted to land on Wednesday.
The plane was traveling at high speeds and had a rough attempted landing. At moment of landing, heavy rain was reported. The exact cause of the crash is still unknown. The injured were transferred to local hospitals. The plane snapped into three and burst into flames. The fire got extinguished quickly. It was a domestic flight, the plane was entering Istanbul from Izmir. The nose of the plane appears to have separated from the rest of the aircraft. Passengers were being led out as the plane lay on a patch of grass next to the runway. Firefighters, medics and police teams were at the scene. 33 ambulances have been dispatched to the airport. Flights waiting to land in Sabiha Gokcen were diverted to Istanbul Airport.
Turkish Airlines also canceled all its flight in and out of Sabiha Gokcen on Wednesday. It’s the second mishap in a month with the Turkish airline: on January 7, another Boeing 737-800 experienced a runway incident at the same airport.
Initial report was modified. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported early on Thursday that three people had died and more than 170 required care at multiple hospitals.