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Pegasus Plane Snaps Into Three Pieces, Leaving Three Dead

Pegasus Plane Snaps Into Three Pieces, Leaving Three Dead
Taylor Rains

One person has died and at least 157 others were injured after a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway in Istanbul and broke into three pieces on Wednesday. Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca said that two of the injured were in intensive care, but none were in critical condition. It has been reported that most of the injuries were broken noses and head trauma.

Update 2/6: There have been a least three deaths and 179 injured, including the two pilots who are in serious condition, as a result of the accident. Based on data obtained from Flightradar24 and information gathered by investigators, it appears the aircraft fell about 100 feet and experienced a hard landing, then veered off the runway and over a cliff. The accident is under investigation

The Accident

Flight PC2193 was flying from Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport with 177 passengers and six crew members on board when it experienced a rough landing, skid roughly 60 feet and split into three pieces. Based on photos and videos posted to social media, it appears the nose broke from the main body of the plane, and the tail has suffered a large crack.

Some videos show a potential fire onboard and rescue workers trying to get on the aircraft. Transportation Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan has said, “According to information we obtained, a hard landing happened, and as it couldn’t slow down, it left the runway. A significant number of passengers left the plane on their own.”

The weather was reported to be poor during the time of the accident, and it is believed it played a part in the runway excursion. Audio obtained from NTV reveals that the airport had warned the pilots about strong winds.

The airport has been shut down and planes diverted since the accident.

This is a developing story.

View Comments (4)


  1. FirstInFlight

    February 6, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    I’m not sure that a title that says “Plane Snaps Into Three Pieces, Leaving Three Dead” is exactly accurate. I thought I read that the plane landed, then skidded off the runway at more than 70 mph down a slope. There doesn’t seem to be a suggestion (yet) that the aircraft fuselage fractured while landing and that the fracture caused it to leave the runway. Instead, it appears, at this point, that the aircraft left the runway and the fractures occurred because it was skidding down a slope. That sounds like pilot error.

    And I think I’ve read that the airline involved has had several incidents where their pilots skidded off the runway while landing.

    Finally, isn’t the 737 designed to segment on impact? I think the goal is to fracture forward and aft of the wing box (fuel tanks).

    The title of this article seems to suggest that the aircraft broke apart causing three deaths. That seems to suggest a causation belied by the facts.

  2. PaulMSN

    February 6, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    There is nothing in the headline or article that claims the plane broke apart while touching down. The headline is accurate — the plane did indeed break into three pieces, and three people died. It does not at all suggest what you claim — you’re reading that into the headline yourself.

  3. strickerj

    February 7, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Interesting headline… it makes it sound as though the aircraft just broke apart while parked, as opposed to from an impact. So, while the headline may be technically correct, it’s misleading by omission.

  4. mickeyjaw

    February 10, 2020 at 5:19 am

    Eeek! I[‘ve flow this route with Pegasus a couple of times!

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