A commercial plane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea. Some of the 168 people on board the Boeing 737-800 described it as a “miracle” that everyone was evacuated safely. Images show the aircraft on its belly and at an acute angle just above the water. If it had slid any further along the slope, the plane would have likely plunged into the Black Sea in the Turkish province of Trabzon.
Fatma Gordu, told private Dogan news agency that there was a loud sound after landing. “We swerved all of a sudden,” she said. “The front of the plane crashed and the back was in the air. Everyone panicked.” Trabzon Gov. Yucel Yavuz said that investigators were trying to determine why the plane had left the runway. The prosecutor’s office launched an investigation.