ISTANBUL, TURKEY – A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 (reg. TC-CCK) skidded off a runway this morning at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport. As a result, all flights in and out the airport are halted.
Flight PC747 departed from Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates at 5:27 AM local time and landed at 09:09 AM local time at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport, when it slid off the runway while landing.
After the passenger aircraft cam to a stop next to the runway, emergency teams rushed to the runway and all 169 passengers were evacuated via emergency slides. It’s unclear at this time if there were any injuries.
The runway is expected to be closed until 08:00 PM local time. According to Turkish Airlines, all flights from the airport were canceled until 3:00 PM.
All incoming aircraft were diverted to other airports near Istanbul.
The incident occurred due to severe weather conditions in Istanbul. As a result aviation and maritime traffic was interrupted in the area around the Turkish city.
No passengers or crew were injured.
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