Turkey officials says the passenger plane while landing at an airport in Istanbul skidded off the runway and broken into three parts, killing three persons and injuring 179 people.
Turkey’s health minister confirmed a Turkish citizen had died and 157 other people were injured.
The Pegasus Airlines jet was carrying 171 passengers and six crew members from Izmir province in the west when it crashed at Sabiha Gokcen airport. The Boeing 737 was trying to land in heavy tailwinds and rain. The airport was closed and flights diverted after the accident.
Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said: “Unfortunately, the Pegasus Airlines plane couldn’t hold on the runway due to poor weather conditions and skidded for around 50-60m [164-196ft].”
He said the plane then fell between 30 and 40 metres off the end of the runway.
Turkish media said the majority of people on board were Turkish but there were also about 20 foreign nationals.
The two pilots, a Turkish national and a South Korean, were seriously injured, Turkish media said.
Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan said authorities had not yet been able to speak to the pilots.
Istanbul’s public prosecutor has launched an inquiry.
The low-cost Pegasus Airlines has a fleet of 83 aircraft – 47 Boeings and 36 Airbus planes – and has been flying for 20 years.
A Pegasus Boeing 737 coming in from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates skidded off the runway at the same airport on 7 January. There were no casualties but the airport had to be temporarily closed.