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Pegasus Airlines Flight 8622
TC-CPF (8749909789).jpg
TC-CPF, the aircraft involved in the accident, seen in 2013
Date13 January 2018
SummaryEngine failure
SiteTrabzon Airport, Trabzon, Turkey
40°59′42″N 39°47′23″E / 40.9951°N 39.7897°E / 40.9951; 39.7897Coordinates: 40°59′42″N 39°47′23″E / 40.9951°N 39.7897°E / 40.9951; 39.7897
Aircraft typeBoeing 737-82R
Aircraft nameZeynep
OperatorPegasus Airlines
IATA flight No.PC8622
ICAO flight No.PGT8622
Call signSUNTURK 8622
Flight originEsenboğa International Airport, Ankara, Turkey
DestinationTrabzon Airport, Trabzon, Turkey
Survivors168 (all)

Pegasus Airlines Flight 8622 is a domestic flight from Ankara to Trabzon, Turkey. On 13 January 2018, while landing on runway 11 at Trabzon Airport, the aircraft operating the flight ran off the left side of the runway and partially slid down a cliff. None of the 168 passengers and crew were injured, but the aircraft was declared a hull loss.

Aircraft[edit | edit source]

The aircraft involved; TC-CPF in 2016

The aircraft involved was a Boeing 737-82R, msn 40879, with serial number 4267, registration TC-CPF and named Zeynep, operated by the Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines. The aircraft took its first flight on 15 November 2012.[1][2] It had flown 9 flights on January 13 with no reports by pilots or ground crew of any damage or issues of any kind.[3]

Accident[edit | edit source]

Flight 8622 is a scheduled domestic flight from Esenboğa International Airport, Ankara, to Trabzon Airport. There were 162 passengers and 6 crew on board. The aircraft landed at 23:26 local time (20:26 UTC). After landing, the aircraft veered left, departed the runway, and slid down a cliff.[1] The aircraft came to rest in a precarious position along the side of the cliff but did not slip into the sea due to the ground being wet and the landing wheels stuck in the muddy ground[4]. An emergency evacuation was ordered by the cabin crew.[5] The aircraft sustained considerable damage,[1] with the right engine detaching and falling into the Black Sea.[6][7] At the time, it was raining with visibility of 4 kilometres (2.5 mi).[2] Following the accident, Trabzon Airport was closed until 08:00 local time (05:00 UTC) on 14 January.[8] The aircraft was removed from the cliff face on 18 January. During the recovery operation, Trabzon Airport was closed, with aircraft being diverted to Ordu–Giresun Airport, Gülyalı.[9] The aircraft was declared a write-off.[2]

Investigation[edit | edit source]

The governor of Trabzon Province said that an investigation had been opened into the accident.[10] The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is responsible for investigating aviation accidents in Turkey.

One of the pilots claimed that an engine had a power surge, which caused the excursion via asymmetrical thrust.[9] After the investigation, it was found out that the right engine did not stop properly.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hradecky, Simon (13 January 2018). "Accident: Pegasus B738 at Trabzon on Jan 13th 2018, runway excursion". Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "TC-CPF Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  3. "Flight History For Aircraft – TC-CPF". flightradar24.com. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  4. "Turkey starts lifting stricken Pegasus plane from cliff". Arab News. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  5. "Kaza sonrasında uçakta neler yaşandı?" [What happened to the plane after the accident?] (in Turkish). Airporthaber. Retrieved 14 January 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  6. Richter, Jan (13 January 2018). "2018-01-13 Pegasus B737-800 landing accident at Trabzon". JACDEC. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  7. Wert, Jakob. "BREAKING Pegasus flight #PC8622 overran the runway at Trabzon Airport, Turkey". Airlive. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  8. Sayfa, Ana. "Trabzon Haberleri: Trabzon'da yolcu uçağı pistten çıktı (3)- yeniden" [Trabzon News: Trabzon passenger plane came out of the runway (3) – again] (in Turkish). Hurriyet. Retrieved 13 January 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Turkey uses two cranes to lift stricken plane from cliff edge". Sky News. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  10. "Passenger plane teeters on cliff edge after skidding off runway in Turkey". Sky News. Retrieved 14 January 2018.

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