By Bernd Debusmann Jr
The flight - PC747 - left Sharjah at 05:15 AM and arrived Istanbul as scheduled at 09:30 AM local time.
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.
#Pegasus’un #Sharjah’tan dönen @Boeing #B737-800’ü @SabihaGokcen’e inişte kayarak pistten çıktı. Toprak alanda durabilen uçaktaki yolcular, slide (tahliye kaydırağı) ile tahliye edildi.
Yaralanan olmadı. Havalimanı pisti temizleme çalışmaları için kapatıldı. @ucurbenipegasus pic.twitter.com/beeJEIk3bz— BoardingInfo (@boardinginfo) January 7, 2020
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.
Sabiha Gökçen Havalimanında pistin kapanmasına yol açan olay sebebi ile saat 15'e kadar Sabiha Gökçen inişli ve kalkışlı seferlerimiz iptal edilmek zorunda kalınmıştır.
Çağrı merkezimizden alternatif sefer planlamalarımız ile ilgili bilgi alabilirsiniz.— Bilal EKŞİ (@BilalEksiTHY) January 7, 2020
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.