Breaking: Pegasus Boeing 737 Snaps Into Three Landing In Istanbul

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Last Updated 12:00UTC 06/02/2020

A Boeing 737-800 operated by Pegasus Airlines has skidded off the runway and snapped into three pieces at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport.

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The front of the aircraft has been ripped almost completely off. Photo: Getty Images

According to Turkey’s transport minister, there have been no fatalities initially recorded but Turkey’s health minister has now confirmed that at least one person has died. The airport has been temporarily closed while emergency services respond to the incident which is thought to have been caused by a rough landing. Wet weather and a strong tailwind are being blamed for the excursion. Reports are emerging that the plane failed to decelerate upon landing.

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What are the details?

The flight in question was PC2193 from Izmir to Istanbul. The flight is almost always operated by an Airbus A320 or an A320neo, however, for some reason the aircraft was a Boeing 737 today. This Boeing 737, TC-IZK, departed from Izmir at 17:23 local time. It had been due to depart at 16:40. It then touched down in Istanbul at 18:19, just half an hour later than the intended time of 17:45.

Having touched down, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya confirmed that the plane “couldn’t hold on the runway due to poor weather conditions and skidded for around 50-60 metres.” It then slid down a bank at the end of the runway and fell another 30-40 meters before coming to rest in three pieces. While only one fatality has been confirmed, one would expect that there will be serious injuries from the front of the cabin given the damage sustained. It appears as though the very front section came to rest upside down.

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Some passengers evacuated through the overwing exits. Photo: Getty Images

177 people onboard

The aircraft is thought to have been carrying 171 passengers and 6 crew at the time of the incident. Authorities have said that while most of the passengers were Turkish, approximately 20 are foreign nationals.

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The two pilots, one Turkish national and another South Korean national, are believed to be among the most seriously injured. Neither has spoken to authorities as yet. Istanbul’s public prosecutor has launched an inquiry.

Videos on social media show passengers escaping the wreck through gaps in the fuselage. Emergency services were initially called to put out fires in the fuselage which have now been extinguished.

A video of injured passengers has also appeared online. Please be aware some may find the video below distressing.

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Initial reports on social media suggested the number of injured was just 52 but this has now risen to approximately 157 injured. Given the damage sustained by the aircraft, this figure could still rise. In its latest statement regarding the incident, Pegasus confirmed that there have been three confirmed fatalities as a result of the incident:

Source: Pegasus Airlines

The aircraft involved in the incident is registered as TC-IZK, it is an 11-year-old Boeing 737 according to Planespotters.net. The aircraft was originally delivered to Air Berlin 11 years ago in February 2009. On the 19th of April 2016, it was returned to the lessor SMBC Aviation Capital. Then, in May that year, the aircraft was leased out to Pegasus where it has remained since. In December 2017 SMBC sold the aircraft to Aircastle.

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The aircraft appears to have come to rest having slid down a bank. Photo: Getty Images

Second runway excursion this year

This is the second Pegasus Boeing 737 runway excursion which has happened this year. Just under a month ago on the 7th of January, another Boeing 737 overran the runway and got stuck in the mud. As the aircraft was intact, people evacuated the aircraft via the emergency slides in that instance.

In January 2018, another pegasus Boeing 737 exited the runway in an uncontrolled manner. In this incident (Flight 8622), the aircraft slid down a steep bank before coming to rest just before the water. However, the fuselage remained largely intact.

Simple Flying has contacted a representative of Pegasus Airlines for comment on this story. We will continue to update it as more information becomes available.

Did you witness the crash in Istanbul? What do you make of the incident? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Bastiaan Van Der Hoek

All 737 -800`s snap into three pieces. Exactly at the same spot where the terribly manufactured parts dont fit. Quality control had gone overboard already, nothing new here.

mak

Pegasus seems to have a habit of skidding off wet runways!

Anonymous

How does this airline still have an operating certificate?

Terrance Wagner

How old was this 737 and what model was it..

Max

Pegasus again, not really a shocker

TonytTDK

Everyone concerned should consider themselves to be Extremely fortunate that no-one was killed as the aircraft broke-up before finally coming to halt.!

Ibrahim

Not sure if their pilots have even driving licenses, from all other airlines in this busy airport, Pegasus to have all the accidents and weather is the one to blame!

Diffleman

So my question is how old are the airframes in reference to “cycles”. If you do not know what to look for, you can not arm chair coach, why the aircraft broke up, guess what a hard landing with poor maintenance done on the aircraft could lead to a breakup like this. Normally planes do not breakup it is a series of items that cause things like this.

TonytTDK

If it turns-out to be the case that the aircraft didn’t decellerate on the runway,
it is likely to be either a pilot error or a failure of the reverse-t****t to operate.
The poor weather would make wheel-braking much less effective, but would not reduce the effectiveness of the reverse-thrusters, had they been deployed at the normal point upon landing.!

Tom

Youchies that’s very bad for Pegasus’s Boeing 737-800 fleet. One skidded out from a runway and now this one leaps off the edge and split apart in three. It’s such horrible to see it. RIP for the passenger who passed away.

Eric Troedsson

Here’s an idea…why don’t we wait to see what the official Accident Report has to say? You can bet Boeing has their own Investigation Team headed to Turkey as we speak.

Chindo

This really the second time its happening this year. 1 dead and others worh mere injuries really, how would u believe that? Are we to blame the Pilots, the 737 itself or nature itself?

Gerry S

Appears Turkey's pilot problems are increasing. Maybe it should let all those superbly qualified pilots that are now imprisoned by Erdogan out. These are long time military pilots who couldn't be trusted because a couple "defected" to Germany during the purge. As I stated previously, look for more accidents to occur.

Outlaw

Tailwinds and a wet runway. I wouldn’t fly in Turkey unless on a US or Western European airline.

Capt Tom

The pilot landed with a “Strong Tailwind” pretty sure my instructor told me not to do that in my first week of training before he ever let me solo.
Over ran the runway and went over an embankment, they’re lucky everyone didn’t die. You can’t blame Boing for this one.

Gerry S

Come on Dave! …….Capt Tom merely imparted that a/c landed with a strong tailwind. Very improper operation. There is such a thing as pilot error. In that case no aircraft is to blame. Either Boeing it Airbus or whatever a/c there is out there that you either love or terribly hate. ……..My prediction: Pilot error.

Enrico