Plane skids off Istanbul runway, 1 dead, 157 injured


Rescue members work after a plane skidded off the runway at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. A plane skidded off the runway Wednesday at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, crashing into a field and breaking into pieces. Passengers were seen evacuating through cracks in the plane and authorities said at least 21 people were injured. (AP Photo)

ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkey’s health minister says one person died and 157 were injured in a plane accident in Istanbul, where the aircraft skidded off the runway and broke into three pieces.

Passengers had to evacuate through cracks in the smashed plane and climbed out onto its wings.

The plane, which belongs to the low-cost airline Pegasus, had arrived from the western Turkish city of Izmir with 177 passengers and crew on board. Flights are being diverted to Istanbul’s main airport.

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