Turkey plane: Panic as jet skids off runway at Trabzon

The plane is on a cliff

Image The plane is stuck in the mud on a cliff face

A commercial airplane skidded off a runway and down the side of a cliff overlooking the Black Sea while landing at an airport in the northern Turkish province of Trabzon Saturday night.

The passengers were evacuated and no injuries were reported.

All 162 passengers and crew on board miraculously escaped uninjured.

Please see the images From the helicopter with the final position of Fly Pegasus B737-800 (TC-CPF) flight #PC8622 below.

The local governor, Yucel Yavuz, said an investigation had been launched into the incident - which Pegasus Airlines described in a statement as a "runway excursion".

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Anadolu showed footage of the efforts to rescue the plane, which became stuck in mud just metres away from the sea.

There are reports the incident couldn't been caused by a bird strike.

"We stayed inside the plane for at least 20 minutes waiting for someone to help us", said one of the passengers.

The airport was temporarily shut before reopening on Sunday morning.

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