Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 Overruns Runway at Turkish Airport, Comes to Stop On a Cliff
Remarkable pictures are surfacing this morning after a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 overran the runway at Trabzon Airport in Trabzon, Turkey. According to local media, the flight, PC8622, was scheduled to arrive in Trabzon at 11:25 PM. Upon landing, the aircraft overran the runway. The aircraft then slid down the side of the runway, stopping feet from the Black Sea.
Pegasus Airlines flight PC8622, departed from Ankara-Esenboga International Airport at 10:30 PM. After a 52-minute flight, the aircraft was on final for Trabzon Airport. Upon landing, the aircraft was unable to come to a stop on runway 11. The aircraft then slid down a steep cliff, losing one of its engines as it slid down the incline. The Boeing 737-800 stopped just feet from the Black Sea.
Miraculously, no passengers or crew were seriously injured. Of the 162 on-board, only three were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.
Pegasus Airlines is a Turkish low-cost carrier with an impeccable safety record. This is the airline’s second incident in nearly 30 years of operation. The flight, Pegasus PC8622, was operated by a 5-year old Boeing 737-800 bearing the registration TC-CPF.
As of 6:20 AM Central Time, it appears ice on the runway is being blamed for the runway excursion. I will update this post as more details are made available.