Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 Slides Off Side Of Runway at Trabzon Airport in Turkey

Aerial view of the Boeing 737 on the hill left of the runway. Photo by SHGM

On January 13, 2018 a Pegasus Airlines B737-800 on Flight PC8622 overran the runway during landing at Trabzon Airport in Turkey. After overrunning the far end of runway 11 at the airport, the Boeing 737 skidded off the left-hand side of the runway and slid downhill towards the Black Sea with 162 passengers and 6 crew members on board.

The aircraft with registration TC-CPF was flying from Ankara (ESB) to Trabzon (TZX). The accident occurred at around 20:25 UTC (23:25 local time). Trabzon Airport is an airport near the city of Trabzon in the eastern Black Sea region of Turkey. The Governor of Trabzon, Yucel Yavuz, states that all passengers and the crew on board left the aircraft safely. According to Turkish media 11 passengers suffered minor injuries and were brought to the hospital.

This Youtube video by İhlas Haber Ajansı shows the Pegasus Boeing 737 the next day at Trabzon Airport:

It was raining heavily at the time of the accident. As a result the runway was extremely wet during landing. The Boeing 737 had troubles with slowing down on the runway and according to the flight path it had a speed of 110 knots (127mph) on the last third of the runway.

Because of the accident Trabzon Airport was closed until 09:00 local time on January 14, 2018. The Turkish Aviation Authority SHGM is investigating the cause of the accident.