Three are dead and 179 injured in airplane accident in Istanbul

the death toll after a plane accident at the international airport Sabiha Gökçen in the Turkish city of Istanbul has risen to three. Meanwhile, reported 179 p

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
06 February 2020 Thursday 01:00
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Three are dead and 179 injured in airplane accident in Istanbul

the death toll after a plane accident at the international airport Sabiha Gökçen in the Turkish city of Istanbul has risen to three.

Meanwhile, reported 179 people injured.

this was stated by The Turkey's minister of health, Fahrettin Koca, the night of Thursday, according to the news agency dpa.

Before that sounded the death toll at one, while 157 others were injured.

the Accident happened on Wednesday afternoon local time.

Here drove a Boeing 737 aircraft that should land in Istanbul, of the runway and slid 50 to 60 feet in the direction towards a highway, before it tumbled 30-40 feet down a ditch and finally stopped a little distance away.

It explained the governor of Istanbul Ali Yerlikaya earlier on Wednesday.

Indenrigsflyet from Pegasus Airlines came from the vesttyrkiske city of Izmir in a strong rain and windy conditions.

the Accident was allegedly caused by a hard landing on the wet runway.

Rescuers work at the site. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix

There were according to the authorities, 183 people on board: 175 passengers, two babies, four flight attendants and two pilots.

Footage from the site shows that the plane was broken in three parts during the accident, and that the nose of the aircraft was completely destroyed.

the Passengers were evacuated through the one wing and through the fissures in the flyvraget. Many of them came out of the aircraft under its own power.

the Number of casualties was slowly stepped up in the hours after the accident.

the Governor of Istanbul, Ali Yerlikaya, said shortly after the accident, that about 50 injured people were brought to hospitals in Istanbul.

Turkish media reports that the two pilots of a turk and a sydkoreaner - is seriously injured.

It writes the AFP news agency.

An engine under one wing caught fire during the accident, and a large number of firefighters were immediately sent out to the destroyed aircraft, after which the fire was brought under control.

the Airport Sabiha Gökçen is one of two international airports in Istanbul.

Pegasus Airlines has existed as an airline for 20 years and has a fleet of 83 aircraft, including 47 Boeing - 36 Airbus aircraft.

Updated: 06.02.2020 01:00
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