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Did Weather Cause This Plane Crash?

14 Jan 2018, 2:50 pm

A plane crash in northeastern Turkey on Saturday may have been weather-related.

Harrowing images of a plane dangling close to the Black Sea on Saturday night in Trabzon, Turkey fortunately didn’t result in any injuries or fatalities, but the Pegasus Airlines 737-800 jetliner’s nose came within mere feet of the sea.

No official cause for the crash had been given as of Sunday, but Aviation Week reported light rain and low clouds were reported in the area on Saturday night at the time of the incident, which may have led to slick runways that caused the jetliner to skid towards the sea. Data from flight-tracking website RadarBox shows the plane landing at 110 knots, or about 127 miles-per-hour, at the end of the runway, which is quicker than usual, suggesting the plane may have had difficulty reducing its speed.

Images show the plane skidding off at the end of the runway.

The governor of Trabzon state, Yucel Yavuz, said that local authorities are launching an investigation into the crash, but no cause had been determined as of Sunday evening.

The airport’s lone runway is right on the Black Sea, and light rain was continuing in the area as of Sunday. The plane was coming in from Turkey’s capital, Ankara.

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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi