Miracle escape for 177 passengers: Inside Boeing 737 that crashed at Turkish airport

Staggering photographs show the fractured fuselage and mangled seats of a Boeing 737 which skidded for 200ft off the runway tonight in Istanbul, with no fatalities reported among its 177 passengers and crew.

Those on board had to evacuate through cracks in the burning plane after it dropped around 130ft off the end of the runway and into a field, leaving 120 injured. The Turkish Transportation Ministry said that despite the ‘rough landing’  there had been no deaths.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said that among the casualties most of them are ‘doing well, aside from one or two people.’ 

The low-cost Pegasus Airlines plane was arriving at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport from the western Turkish city of Izmir when it broke into three pieces.

Footage shows the wrecked plane in a field adjacent to the runway after it slipped off the tarmac in wet conditions and burst into flames. Passengers clambered out of the jet and onto the wings as dozens of firefighters rushed to douse the smoking jet. 

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The twisted wreckage of the passenger jet tonight surrounded by fire crews after the plane skidded off the runway in Istanbul - remarkably there have not yet been reports of any fatalities

The twisted wreckage of the passenger jet tonight surrounded by fire crews after the plane skidded off the runway in Istanbul - remarkably there have not yet been reports of any fatalities

The twisted wreckage of the passenger jet tonight surrounded by fire crews after the plane skidded off the runway in Istanbul – remarkably there have not yet been reports of any fatalities

The mangled fuselage of the Boeing jet exposing its twisted seats and items of luggage as health teams and fire brigade crews conduct operation at debris of a passenger plane after skidded off the runway in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

The mangled fuselage of the Boeing jet exposing its twisted seats and items of luggage as health teams and fire brigade crews conduct operation at debris of a passenger plane after skidded off the runway in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

The mangled fuselage of the Boeing jet exposing its twisted seats and items of luggage as health teams and fire brigade crews conduct operation at debris of a passenger plane after skidded off the runway in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

A Pegasus plane skidded off the runway and burst into flames at an Istanbul airport on Wednesday afternoon

A Pegasus plane skidded off the runway and burst into flames at an Istanbul airport on Wednesday afternoon

A Pegasus plane skidded off the runway and burst into flames at an Istanbul airport on Wednesday afternoon

First responders work at the site of the Pegasus Airlines plane crash, that overran the runway during landing, at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport on February 5

First responders work at the site of the Pegasus Airlines plane crash, that overran the runway during landing, at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport on February 5

First responders work at the site of the Pegasus Airlines plane crash, that overran the runway during landing, at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport on February 5 

Health teams and fire brigade crews are seen near debris of a passenger plane after skidded off the runway in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

Health teams and fire brigade crews are seen near debris of a passenger plane after skidded off the runway in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

Health teams and fire brigade crews are seen near debris of a passenger plane after skidded off the runway in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

Firefighters douse the Pegasus Airlines plane with water that overran the runway during landing and crashed, at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport on Wednesday

Firefighters douse the Pegasus Airlines plane with water that overran the runway during landing and crashed, at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport on Wednesday

Firefighters douse the Pegasus Airlines plane with water that overran the runway during landing and crashed, at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport on Wednesday 

Footage shows the Pegasus plane after it skidded off the runway and burst into flames in wet weather conditions

Footage shows the Pegasus plane after it skidded off the runway and burst into flames in wet weather conditions

Footage shows the Pegasus plane after it skidded off the runway and burst into flames in wet weather conditions 

The Boeing 737 plane skidded off the runway before coming to rest in a grassy ditch

The Boeing 737 plane skidded off the runway before coming to rest in a grassy ditch

The Boeing 737 plane skidded off the runway before coming to rest in a grassy ditch 

Governor Yerlikaya initially said at least 52 people were hurt in the accident and had been hospitalised, but that figure has now risen to 120 injured – around 70 percent of all those on board. His office said the plane was carrying 177 people, including six crew members.

NTV television said the injured included the plane’s two pilots, who it said were in serious condition.

‘The plane could not hold on the runway due to poor weather conditions and skidded for around 50-60 metres (160-200ft),’ Yerlikaya told reporters at the airport, adding that emergency teams were trying to rescue the last wounded passenger.

The plane split into three pieces after what Yerlikaya said was a drop of around 30 to 40 metres (100-130ft) at the end of the wet runway. 

The airport was shut down after the crash landing and flights were being diverted to Istanbul’s main airport.

‘According to the information we have, there was a rough landing. The accident occurred after (the plane) could not decelerate and rammed into a field from the end of the runway,’ state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turan as saying.

The accident comes a month after a Pegasus plane with 164 people on board skidded off the runway in Istanbul at the same airport. There were no deaths or injuries in that incident on January 7. 

Paramedics load a casualty into the back of an ambulance after the Boeing 737 skidded off the runway and into a field in wet conditions in Istanbul. 'According to the information we have, there was a rough landing. The accident occurred after (the plane) could not decelerate and rammed into a field from the end of the runway,' state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turan as saying.

Paramedics load a casualty into the back of an ambulance after the Boeing 737 skidded off the runway and into a field in wet conditions in Istanbul. 'According to the information we have, there was a rough landing. The accident occurred after (the plane) could not decelerate and rammed into a field from the end of the runway,' state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turan as saying.

Paramedics load a casualty into the back of an ambulance after the Boeing 737 skidded off the runway and into a field in wet conditions in Istanbul. ‘According to the information we have, there was a rough landing. The accident occurred after (the plane) could not decelerate and rammed into a field from the end of the runway,’ state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turan as saying.

Rescue members and firefighters work after a plane skidded off the runway at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport, in Istanbul, on Wednesday night

Rescue members and firefighters work after a plane skidded off the runway at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport, in Istanbul, on Wednesday night

Rescue members and firefighters work after a plane skidded off the runway at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, in Istanbul, on Wednesday night

Stretcher bearers carry injured away from the scene tonight after the Pegasus Airlines jet skidded off the runway in wet conditions in Istanbul

Stretcher bearers carry injured away from the scene tonight after the Pegasus Airlines jet skidded off the runway in wet conditions in Istanbul

Stretcher bearers carry injured away from the scene tonight after the Pegasus Airlines jet skidded off the runway in wet conditions in Istanbul

Health teams and fire brigade crews are seen near debris of a passenger plane after skidded off the runway

Health teams and fire brigade crews are seen near debris of a passenger plane after skidded off the runway

Health teams and fire brigade crews are seen near debris of a passenger plane after skidded off the runway

Emergency personnel are pictured entering the wreckage of the Pegasus plane

Emergency personnel are pictured entering the wreckage of the Pegasus plane

Emergency personnel are pictured entering the wreckage of the Pegasus plane 

Several firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the area. Sabiha Gokcen Airport has been temporarily closed to air traffic

Several firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the area. Sabiha Gokcen Airport has been temporarily closed to air traffic

Several firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the area. Sabiha Gokcen Airport has been temporarily closed to air traffic

A picture shows the crash site of a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 airplane, after it skidded off the runway upon landing at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul on February 5

A picture shows the crash site of a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 airplane, after it skidded off the runway upon landing at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul on February 5

A picture shows the crash site of a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 airplane, after it skidded off the runway upon landing at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul on February 5

The internal flight from Izmir to Istanbul with 177 passengers and crew on board was touching down at Sabiha Gokcen airport

The internal flight from Izmir to Istanbul with 177 passengers and crew on board was touching down at Sabiha Gokcen airport

The internal flight from Izmir to Istanbul with 177 passengers and crew on board was touching down at Sabiha Gokcen airport 

Emergency personnel are pictured at the scene of the crash at Istanbul's second-largest airport

Emergency personnel are pictured at the scene of the crash at Istanbul's second-largest airport

Emergency personnel are pictured at the scene of the crash at Istanbul’s second-largest airport 

Footage shared online tonight purports to show injured passengers being transported from the aircraft to the terminal building. 

NTV television said the plane skidded off the runway and crashed into a road. 

The botched landing caused the cockpit to flip over and damaged the aircraft’s fuselage, which appears to have broken into three pieces. 

Local TV images show the passenger plane that skidded off the runway at an airport in Turkey and broken into three pieces

Local TV images show the passenger plane that skidded off the runway at an airport in Turkey and broken into three pieces

Local TV images show the passenger plane that skidded off the runway at an airport in Turkey and broken into three pieces

Several firefighters and health workers were sent to the scene

Several firefighters and health workers were sent to the scene

Several firefighters and health workers were sent to the scene

The plane appears to have come to rest in a ditch off the runway on Wednesday, above and below

The plane appears to have come to rest in a ditch off the runway on Wednesday, above and below

The plane appears to have come to rest in a ditch off the runway on Wednesday, above and below 

It is rare for a fuselage to split open while pieces remain largely intact. 

Planes are designed to absorb impact forces in the bottom of the fuselage to improve the chances that passengers in the cabin above will survive. 

Several firefighters and health workers were sent to the scene at Istanbul’s second largest airport. After darkness fell, dozens of rescue workers in high-visibility jackets surrounded the plane with flashlights. 

It is rare for a fuselage to split open while pieces remain largely intact. Planes are designed to absorb impact forces in the bottom of the fuselage to improve the chances that passengers in the cabin above will survive

It is rare for a fuselage to split open while pieces remain largely intact. Planes are designed to absorb impact forces in the bottom of the fuselage to improve the chances that passengers in the cabin above will survive

It is rare for a fuselage to split open while pieces remain largely intact. Planes are designed to absorb impact forces in the bottom of the fuselage to improve the chances that passengers in the cabin above will survive 

Injured passengers being transported from the aircraft to the terminal building

Injured passengers being transported from the aircraft to the terminal building

Injured passengers being transported from the aircraft to the terminal building

Injured passengers being transported from the aircraft to the terminal building

Footage shared online claims to show injured passengers being transported from the aircraft to the terminal building

Planes were being redirected to Istanbul’s main airport from Sabiha Gokcen, which has been shut down. 

The Istanbul public prosecutor has launched an investigation into the incident. 

The incident brings the low-budget Pegasus airline’s safety record into focus. It comes just a month after another Pegasus flight skidded off a runway from the same airport. 

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 ended its course in the grass alongside the runway with 164 passengers on board, who evacuated using emergency slides. 

Emergency personnel at work at the site of the crash in Wednesday evening

Emergency personnel at work at the site of the crash in Wednesday evening

Emergency personnel at work at the site of the crash in Wednesday evening 

Image shows the damage to the plane's fuselage on Wednesday evening as it came to rest in grass off the runway

Image shows the damage to the plane's fuselage on Wednesday evening as it came to rest in grass off the runway

Image shows the damage to the plane’s fuselage on Wednesday evening as it came to rest in grass off the runway 

A passenger plane is seen after skidding off the runway in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

A passenger plane is seen after skidding off the runway in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

A passenger plane is seen after skidding off the runway in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

In January 2018, a Pegasus Boeing 737-800 slid down an embankment at Trabzon airport on the Black Sea, and landed just metres from the water with its wheels stuck in thick mud.

After four days, the plane was eventually lifted back onto the runway with engineers using cranes. All 162 passenger and six crew were safely evacuated.

Pegasus, which has been flying for 20 years, has a fleet of 83 aircraft, including 47 Boeings and 36 Airbus planes, according to its website.  

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane is seen struck in mud on an embankment, a day after skidding off the airstrip, after landing at Trabzon's airport on the Black Sea coast on January 14, 2018

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane is seen struck in mud on an embankment, a day after skidding off the airstrip, after landing at Trabzon's airport on the Black Sea coast on January 14, 2018

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane is seen struck in mud on an embankment, a day after skidding off the airstrip, after landing at Trabzon’s airport on the Black Sea coast on January 14, 2018

A Pegasus airplane is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on January 14, 2018. 162 passengers and crew on board were safely evacuated

A Pegasus airplane is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on January 14, 2018. 162 passengers and crew on board were safely evacuated

A Pegasus airplane is seen stuck in mud as it skidded off the runway after landing in Trabzon Airport, Turkey early Sunday on January 14, 2018. 162 passengers and crew on board were safely evacuated

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