**Update on 02/20/2019 @ 16:10UTC- Inserted statement from Pegasus Airlines**
News from Dusseldorf indicates that a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 faced an evacuation after landing. The aircraft’s brakes overheated during landing, leading to sparks being emitted from the wheels. This prompted the crew to initiate an evacuation. Thankfully, no injuries are reported.
Pegasus Airlines flight 1003 from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen to Dusseldorf is a regularly scheduled commercial flight. However, on February 15th, the flight became a bit more eventful after landing. Reports indicate that the aircraft suffered a brake overheating. After landing, the ground crew reported that flames appeared to come from the wheels. As a result, the crew initiated an emergency evacuation.
No injuries were reported from either passenger or crew. While fire trucks and firefighters did meet the aircraft at the gate, it appears that there was no extensive fire. But, in the aviation world, better safe than sorry is a great motto to follow.
It also appears that passengers left their larger carry-on items onboard the aircraft. In previous incidents, passengers who stopped to retrieve their luggage have impeded the evacuation procedure, leading to some disastrous consequences.
This incident comes after a Pegasus Boeing 737 skidded off the runway at Sabiha Gokcen earlier this month. And in January, another Pegasus 737 was involved in a runway excursion at Sabiha Gokcen.
Statement from Pegasus Airlines
The airline provided Simple Flying with the following information:
Pegasus Airlines flight PC 1003, on a TC-CPU registered aircraft from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Düsseldorf Airport, on 15th February 2020, landed safely as planned at Düsseldorf Airport. As the aircraft approached its parking position, the air traffic control tower warned that fire and smoke could be seen underneath the aircraft. For the safety of our guests, our flight crew initiated an emergency evacuation in accordance with procedures, and all our guests were disembarked safely. According to information we have received from Düsseldorf Airport, it has been confirmed that there is no situation that requires any intervention in relation to the aircraft.
Data from Flightradar24 indicates that the aircraft involved in this incident was a 12-year-old Boeing 737-800 registered as TC-CPU. Pegasus Airlines outfits the 737-800 in an all-economy configuration with 189 seats making this a fairly dense Boeing 737.
As of the time of writing, the aircraft is scheduled to fly the return flight. However, it is possible this could change if maintenance crews indicate that the aircraft needs to undergo certain procedures.
Pegasus is a low-cost airline based out of Istanbul. However, while larger Turkish Airlines and international carriers fly into the new Istanbul Airport, Pegasus has made its hub Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
Alongside the 737, Pegasus also flies A320ceo and A320neo family aircraft. Additionally, the airline has more A320neo family aircraft on order. The airline operates no widebody aircraft. As a result, its operations are limited to more short- and medium-haul routes.
Not every flight ends up going routinely. In the case of this Pegasus Airlines flight, passengers faced an emergency evacuation due to indications of brakes overheating and some sparks. However, the evacuation appears to have gone smoothly as no one was injured and people seem to have left their larger carry-on items onboard the aircraft. Operations at Dusseldorf Airport also do not seem to have been affected by this incident.
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