Pegasus fatalities in overrun at Istanbul

[Ref Flight International Magazine 11-17 Feb 2020]

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 involved in an overrun accident during its landing roll at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport on 5 February 2020.

The aircraft was carrying 177 passengers and six crew. Turkey’s civil aviation authority says 139 injured occupants were transferred to different hospitals. Unfortunately, three fatalities have been ­confirmed, according to initial indications.

Picture from news shows that the plane tipped over a steep embankment and came to rest from the runway end, its fuselage fracturing into three sections.

Turkish investigators disclose that the plane might be experiencing gusting tailwinds, according to Sabiha Gokcen’s meteorological data, which contributed to the overrun.

Indeed, at least two other preceding flights, both operated by Turkish Airlines, on approach to the ­runway appear to have opted to execute a go-around.

This accident is definitely drawing attention to the public – the fatal accident is the second excursion suffered by the airline in a month at the airport, and comes just two years after another major ­excursion accident at Trabzon during which a 737-800 was left badly damaged and precariously perched on a cliff edge.

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