An airliner in turkey was torn into pieces when it attempted to make an emergency landing in Turkey on Wednesday. As Fox News reports:
Television footage showed serious damage to the plane, with the fuselage appearing to be broken into three pieces. NTV television reported that the plane caught fire after skidding but said the blaze had been extinguished. Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya says at least 52 people were injured and have been hospitalized. His office initially said at least 21 people were hurt…
The plane, belonging to the low-cost airline Pegasus, arrived from the city of Izmir, private NTV television reported. The Transportation Ministry said 177 people were on board and there had been no deaths in what it called a “rough landing.” According to the flight-tracking website Flightradar24, the plane is a Boeing 737.
The governor’s office said the 177 people on board included six crew members. The airport was shut down and flights were being diverted to Istanbul’s main airport, Yerlikaya said. The accident comes a month after another Pegasus plane skidded off the runway in Istanbul at the same airport. There were no deaths or injuries in that incident on Jan. 7.
It is rare for a fuselage to split open while pieces remain largely intact, according to The Associated Press. Planes are designed to absorb impact forces in the bottom of the fuselage to improve the chances that passengers in the cabin above will survive.
There have been no reports of any fatalities so far, but the situation is still developing.