Pegasus flight skids off runway
Pegasus flight skids off runway

Istanbul Airport Closed After Pegasus Flight Skids Off Runway

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) in Istanbul, Turkey, forcing the second airport of the largest Turkish city to close.

The aircraft, registered TC-CCK, was carrying out flight PC747 from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, with 164 passengers on board on January 7th 2020.

Upon landing at its destination, the plane skidded off the runway and ended its course in the grass alongside the runway. It was met with emergency vehicles and occupants were evacuated using emergency slides.

“There are no casualties or injuries. The necessary investigation has been initiated.”

Pegasus Airlines

Flights at Sabiha Gokcen Airport have been temporarily suspended. Istanbul has been plagued by heavy rain for the past two days, which has affected transport in the city.

A statement from the general manager of Turkish Airlines, Bilal Eksi, said that Turkish Airlines flights to and from Sabiha Gokcen airport would be cancelled until 15:00 local time (12:00 GMT).

Pegasus Airlines is a low-cost Turkish airline based in Istanbul. They operate a fleet of 83 aircraft, including 46 Boeing 737-800s, 1 Boeing 737-400s, 24 Airbus A320-200s and 12 A320-200neos.