By: Air Traveller PH Staff
A Pegasus Airlines aircraft crash landed at Gokcen Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. The Boeing 737-800 then split into two and had burst into flames. Out of the total passengers and crew, three has died and 179 were injured according to authorities. Earlier reports had the injured count at 157 with one fatality.
Although in a statement, Pegasus in a statement said, "there have been no fatalities, and our injured passengers have been taken to hospital.”
Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193 was arriving from the City of Izmir when the incident happened. The aircraft overan the end of RW06 and travelled down an embankment. The fuselage fractured and came to a halt with the cockpit section separated and rolled upside down.
It is said that the wind conditions were 290k at 22kt – and gusting to 37kt. This would result in a tailwind component of 14-24kt as well as a crosswind element on the runway.
Pictures show that the aircraft ended up in a grassy area. It's emergency slides have been deployed. Photos also show passengers being evacuated through opening cracks caused by the impact.
The Boeing 737-800 involved with registry TC-IZK, is an 11-year old aircraft. It originally flew with Air Berlin in 2009
The cause is still unknown and is now under investigation.
Just about exactly a month ago, another Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 was involved in a runway excursion incident on the same airport. The passengers and crew were able to evacuate through the slides instantly. The aircraft remained intact, although it got stuck in mud.