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Plane crash-lands in Istanbul

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/05/20, 01:43 pm

One person died and 157 people were taken to the hospital with injuries on Wednesday after a jet skidded off the runway in Istanbul and broke apart on landing.

What happened? The plane was landing in heavy rain and a strong tailwind and could not decelerate as needed, a transportation official told the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency. It slid into a field at the end of the runway and broke into pieces. Footage of the wreck showed passengers crawling out of cracks in the torn fuselage. The low-cost Pegasus Airlines plane was arriving at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport from the western Turkish city of Izmir.

WORLD has updated this report since its initial publication with a revised number of deaths and injuries from the crash.


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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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    Cdh
    Posted: Wed, 02/05/2020 02:52 pm

    Prayers for our Brothers and Sisters. This is a common commuter route for ex-Pats likely on board. 

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