Panic as passenger jet skids off runway in Turkey

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The Pegasus Airlines flight descended into chaos when it tried to land at the ice covered Trabzon Airport in Turkey.

A passenger plane skidded off the runway and was left stuck in mud off the edge of a cliff in Turkey.

The Pegasus Airlines flight had taken off smoothly from the capital Ankara and landed in Trabzon, but skidded off the runway in the northern airport.

"We stayed inside the plane for at least 20 minutes waiting for someone to help us", an unnamed passenger told English-language Turkish publication Daily Sabbah.

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The airport was shut down as firefighters rushed to the scene and doused the plane in water. "There has been no loss of life or injury to anyone on-board", the company added.

Yavus said the airport had been closed overnight to launch an investigation.

Trabzon's governor, Yücel Yavuz, said all 162 passengers and crew on board were evacuated from the plane. According to Turkish reports, the weather conditions at the time of landing featured light rain and fog.

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