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Plane Breaks Apart After Skidding Off Runway in Turkey, Dozens Injured

A plane skidded off the runway and broke into several pieces while landing at an airport in Istanbul, Turkey, leaving dozens of people injured, according to local officials.

Officials stressed that no one on board the plane died. There were 177 people on board the Pegasus Airlines flight when the mishap occurred, state media reported.

“There has been no loss of life, the injured passengers are being evacuated off the plane to hospitals,” Turkish transport minister Cahit Turan told CNN.

Turhan said 52 people were injured, according to the state-backed Anadolu Agency. Footage and photos captured from the scene of the crash showed that the plane had broken into at least three large pieces. Initial reports said that 21 people were injured.

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A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 plane skidded off the runway at Istanbuls Sabiha Gokcen airport on Feb. 5, 2020. (Muhammed Demir/AFP via Getty Images)

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya confirmed the injured passengers were taken to nearby hospitals.

“Our teams are currently evacuating the passengers,” Turhan said, adding that preliminary information suggested the plane skidded off the runway and made a “hard landing.”

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Rescuers work to extract passengers from the crash at Istanbuls Sabiha Gokcen airport in Turkey on Feb. 5, 2020. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)
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A picture shows the crash site with numerous rescuers at Istanbuls Sabiha Gokcen airport in Turkey on Feb. 5, 2020. (DHA/Demiroren News Agency (DHA)/AFP via Getty Images)

Ambulances and rescue teams were at the scene to rescue the passengers, according to footage captured at the scene. Anadolu also reported that the airport has been shut down.

According to the flight-tracking website Flightradar24, the Pegasus Airlines plane is a Boeing 737.

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