A passenger plane landing at an airport in Turkey skidded off the runway, breaking into three parts, killing three people and injuring 179 others.
The Boeing 737 operated by Turkish Pegasus Airlines had flown into Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport from the Aegean port city of Izmir on Wednesday.
According to NTV, the front of the plane including the cockpit was sliced off from the bulk of the fuselage, and another huge fissure separated the rear of the aircraft including the tail.
Three Turks were killed and 179 injured, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told reporters.
The plane was carrying 177 passengers and six crew members, state news agency Anadolu said.
The majority of people on board were Turkish, but local media quoted the airline’s records as saying there were 22 foreign passengers from 12 other countries. A small number of children are believed to have been on board.
Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said:
“Unfortunately, the Pegasus Airlines plane couldn’t hold on the runway due to poor weather conditions and skidded for around 50-60m [164-196ft].”
He said the plane then fell between 30 and 40 metres off the end of the runway.
The airport has since reopened, while prosecutors have opened an investigation into the crash.