A plane carrying 177 passengers and six crew members skidded off the runway at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen airport on Wednesday, crashing into a road.
Firefighters and medical teams were dispatched to the scene. Later reports say that 180 people were injured and three people died after the plane landed in heavy rain and with strong tailwinds but then did not decelerate after a rough landing.
The Boeing 737, belonging to Pegasus airlines arriving from the Western city of İzmir suffered serious damage to the fuselage, which broke into three sections.
Passengers were evacuated through the gaps in the fuselage after the plane caught fire, a report said.
There were 22 foreign passengers from 12 countries on board.
Footage appearing to show a plane overrunning the runway at the Istanbul airport has been shared on social media
All flights to Sabiha Gökçe airport have been diverted to Istanbul airport following the incident, Hürriyet daily said.
Ahval, Kibris News Agency, Hurriyet