Turkey (INL): 120 people were seriously injured in a passenger plane crash in Istanbul, Turkey. Pegasus Airlines had 171 passengers and 6 crew on board. On Wednesday (February 5th), the plane landed at Sabiha Goksen Airport, leaving from the city of Izmir in western Turkey. Airport authorities said the accident was caused by the inclement weather. The BBC Online reports. Turkey’s Transport Minister Turhan said the Boeing-737 aircraft failed to control its speed when it landed. As a result, the plane crashed into the runway. The Boeing-737 aircraft fell into three pieces on the runway. Following the accident, all activities at the airport were temporarily stopped.
Turkish media reported that heavy rains and stormy winds were taking place when the plane landed. In addition to Turkish citizens on the plane, there were at least 20 foreign nationals. However, they were not immediately identified. Meanwhile, the injured passengers were rescued and sent to the hospital. Many of the injured are in critical condition. Two pilots were critically injured in the accident. One of the two pilots is from Turkey and the other is a South Korean citizen, according to the country’s media, according to a BBC report. However, the authorities have not been able to speak to the pilots so far, the Turkish Transport Minister said.