3 dead as Plane carrying 177 passengers splits into 3 pieces after skidding off runway in Istanbul (Photos/Video)

An aircraft reportedly flying into Sabiha Gökçen airport in Istanbul from Izmir skidded off the runway after landing and crashed on Wednesday, February 5th, killing three people and injured 179 in Turkey.

Cahit Turhan, the transport minister, revealed that the plane split into 3 pieces after a rough landing.

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According to state news agency, the plane was carrying 177 passengers and six crew members.

Istanbul governor Ali Yerlikaya said the plane “slid some 60 metres (200 feet)” after skidding off the runway, and then “fell about 30-40 metres” down a bank. He added that the accident, which he attributed to bad weather, “could have had more serious consequences”, he said.

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Emergency response teams had taken 21 people to hospital and evacuation efforts were continuing, Yerlikaya said.

Footage released by the Turkish media, showed the split plane next to the runway as dozens of emergency response teams were removing passengers from the plane and carrying them away on stretchers.

In a statement released by the Turkish Airlines, all its flights in and out of Sabiha Gökçen have been canceled on Wednesday.

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