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Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport closed after flight from Sharjah slides off runway

The flight - PC747 - left Sharjah at 05:15 AM and arrived Istanbul as scheduled at 09:30 AM local time.

Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport closed after flight from Sharjah slides off runway

In 2018, another Pegasus 737-800 slid off a runway in the Black Sea city of Trabzon. 

Flights into and out of Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport have been suspended after a plane arriving from Sharjah reportedly slid off the runway, according to media reports.

Photographs posted to social media show emergency response vehicles near the aircraft, a Pegasus 737-800.

According to Turkey’s DHA news agency, the aircraft’s passengers were successfully evacuated without any injuries or fatalities. There were 164 passengers on board.

The flight – PC747 – left Sharjah at 5:15am and arrived Istanbul as scheduled at approximately 9:30am local time.

In a report, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu international news agency said that operations at the airport would remain suspended until 12:20.

Bilal Eksi, Turkish Airlines CEO, tweeted that the airline would suspend flights to the airport until 3 PM. Five of its flights were redirected to Istanbul’s other airport, with a sixth going to Ankara.

In 2018, another Pegasus 737-800 slid off a runway in the Black Sea city of Trabzon. The 168 passengers and crew were evacuated with no injuries.

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