A Boeing 737 Plane Skidded And Broke Into 3 Pieces In Istanbul

Three people were killed and 179 others were injured in the crash.

Cover image via Emrah Gurel/AP/ABC News & Emrah Gurel/AP

A passenger jet carrying 183 people onboard skidded off a runway at an Istanbul airport and split into three parts on Wednesday, 5 February

According to BBC, the Pegasus Airlines plane was carrying 177 passengers and six crew members from the western Turkish province of Izmir, when it crashed at Sabiha Gokcen airport.

Three people were killed and 179 others were injured, while one person remains unaccounted for.

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The Boeing 737-800 was trying to land in strong winds and rain

"The plane could not hold on the runway due to poor weather conditions and skidded for around 50-60 metres," the governor of Istanbul, Ali Yerlikaya, told reporters at the airport, reported The Guardian.

He said the plane then fell between 30 and 40 metres off the end of the runway.

The exact cause of the crash is still unknown.

Image via Emrah Gurel/AP

Footage shared by Turkish media showed heavy damage to the plane's fuselage, with the front portion and tail appearing to have broken away from the rest of the plane

Business Insider reported that the exterior of the plane had also caught on fire after the crash but was quickly put out by firefighters at the scene.

Other footage showed rescue workers surrounding the plane, leading passengers out through gaps in the fuselage.

Yerlikaya told reporters at the airport that the wounded were being treated at 18 hospitals around the area.

All incoming flights have been diverted to Istanbul's new airport.

Image via Emrah Gurel/AP

The accident was not the first such incident for Pegasus Airlines

According to The Straits Times, last month saw another one of the airline's 737-800 plane run off the edge of a runway at the same airport after landing in bad weather.

However, the accident did not result in any injuries.

Airport closed-circuit television (CCTV) caught the moment the plane skidded off the runway:

Last month, Iran's military blamed "human error" for "accidentally" and "unintentionally" shooting down a Boeing 737-800 passenger jet:

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