Plane skids off runway in northern Turkey; no injuries

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Dramatic images from CNN Turk broadcaster showed the plane dangerously hanging off a cliff several metres from the Black Sea, its wheels stuck in mud.

A passenger plane skidded off a runway and down the side of a cliff at an airport in northern Turkey.

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Pictures showed it nose down the slope just metres from the water's edge.

As you can see in the photos, the damage is pretty extensive to the plane - but, miraculously, there were no fatalities and all passengers were successfully and safely evacuated.

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Trabzon Governor Yucel Yavuz said all 162 passengers and crew on board were evacuated and safe early on Sunday morning.

The Pegasus Airline Boeing 737 was flying from the Turkish capital Ankara to Trabzon Airport when it ended up careering off the runway on Sunday. "There was panic; people shouting, screaming", one of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, told state-run news agency Anadolu. Mr Yavuz said the cause of the accident was not yet known and the airport closed until 08:00 am local (05:00 GMT). No one was injured or killed in the landing.

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