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Turkey plane skids off runway and splits in Istanbul

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A passenger plane has skidded off the runway at an airport in Turkey and broken into three pieces, injuring 21 people, officials say.

The jet was reportedly carrying 171 passengers and six crew when it crashed at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport.

No-one died in the incident, Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan said.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said 21 people had been rushed to hospital and evacuation efforts are continuing.

The Pegasus Airlines plane was landing in heavy rain after flying in from the western province of Izmir, Turkish media reported.

More: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51384667

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So far, three fatailities.

This is Pegasus's third incident/accident with B738NG in span of two years. Last month, they had another runway excursion at same airport SAW. They are currently drawing down their 738NG fleet to move to A320 fleet.


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Hello guys,

It has been long time over the accident and some of reports has been released.

According by the report; there is no any long touchdown or unstable landing configuration. Pilots says, a lightning hits the plane while short final and some of electronics devices effected but not mulfunction. Also aprroach conditions lost for a while. There was extremely bad weather in Istanbul at that day. (an eyewitness statement confirmed, while plane crossing over head on approach path he said  the plane too low than usual path and engines roaring. Pilots also  said that they lost altitude for a moment and open full throttle to catching path).

After effected lightning, pilots decides to land immediatly and request from tower priority instead of circling or go around. Pilots also confirmed they accepted tailwind with the cause of situation.

FDR reports said, normal touchdown and landing speed in limitation, runway lenght also enough whatever the conditions. After landed safely, deploys speed breaks and reversers, decelerates the plane into runway until 80knts, they decided to vacated end of runway but...plane doesn't slowdown and keeps the speed even they are using breaks cause of hydroplaning at that area with runway dirty surface. Then fells down to road level. I saw the wreckage 2 days later.

There are two comclusion at the end of report;

1- Tower was not effective about to manage of this situation when wing gusting change and decreasing. They must be get certain decision, chease the traffic, change the runway direction the report says shortly. Also ATC reported the tail wind conditions and asked intentions to pilots  in "Turkish". Pegasus crew were Turkish Captain, Holland Co-pilot.(I belive he was Korean, his name looks Korean)

2- Pegasus pilots CRM doesn't work properly in the cockpit. Communication was not clear and helpfull eachother. While Captain in Command, F/O managing the communication and did not understood what ATC said to them. At this moment, crew did not manage and discussed over the very important point about wind condition properly because Captain was busy to use plane, F/O was not able to understand of the ATC report in Turkish.

While medical controls after accident and continues on investigation, unfortunatelly doctors has been found brain tumor in F/O that he doesn't know before. He went back to Netherland. Captain arrested from causing death and went to jail for a while then he released to be tried without arrest. Trial still continue. Turkish Pilot Association also released press bulletin about " If there is no intentional intent, pilots cannot be directly responsible for fatalities. "


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