Passenger plane skids off runway and gets stuck dangling off cliff edge

Passenger plane skids off runway and gets stuck dangling off cliff edge

A passenger jet carrying 162 people came within metres of plunging into the sea after it skidded off a icy runway as it landed at a Turkish airport.

The incident occurred during the landing of the Boeing 737-800 operated by Pegasus.

The plane then tore through grass verges before digging into mud and coming to a terrifying stop - on a cliff edge. "We will reopen the airport to air traffic as soon as possible", he said.

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The airport was temporarily shut down until Sunday morning as firefighters cooled down the plane and authorities investigated the accident, whose cause remains unclear.

One of the passengers, Fatma Gordu, said panic erupted onboard as the plane skidded out of control.

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. "There was panic, people shouting, screaming", she told state-run news agency Anadolu.

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