A passenger has died Boeing 737 domestic flight from Izmir to Istanbul skidded 200ft off the runway and burst into flames on landing while 157 of the 177 onboard.
Eye9ja reports that footage online showed those on board evacuating through cracks in the burning plane as the Pegasus Airlines jet went up in flames.
The plane was arriving at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport from the western Turkish city of Izmir
Earlier, Governor Yerlikaya said at least 52 people were hurt in the accident and had been hospitalised, but the figure later rose to 157 injured which is around 90 percent of all those on board.
The Governor’s office also confirmed that the plane was carrying 177 people, including six crew members.
According to NTV television, the plane’s two pilots had been in a serious condition.
“The plane could not hold on the runway due to poor weather conditions and skidded for around 50-60 metres (160-200ft),” Yerlikaya told reporters at the airport, adding that emergency teams were trying to rescue the last wounded passenger.
The plane split into three pieces after what Yerlikaya said was a drop of around 30 to 40 metres (100-130ft) at the end of the wet runway.
The airport was shut down after the crash landing and flights were being diverted to Istanbul’s main airport.