Dramatic images of miraculous escape of airline metres away from Black Sea

Passenger Plane Carrying 162 Slides Off Runway Nearly Dives Into The Sea

Passenger Plane Carrying 162 Slides Off Runway Nearly Dives Into The Sea

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. All 168 passengers and crew aboard were safely evacuated with only minor injuries reported, but as the sun rose on Sunday, it became clear how close they had come to a far bigger disaster.

The cause of the incident was not known but an investigation is under way, the Trabzon governor's office said.

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

My actual nightmare. Credit AAP
My actual nightmare. Credit AAP

A Pegasus Airlines aircraft is pictured after it skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea in Trabzon, Turkey, January 14, 2018.

"We tilted to the side. There was panic; people shouting, screaming", Fatma Gordu, who was on board of the flight, told state-run news agency Anadolu, quoted in AFP.

Flights have resumed at the Trabzon International Airport on Sunday morning, after being temporarily suspended following the incident.