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Plane dangles off cliff after skidding off runway in Turkey

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The flight originated in the capital, Ankara.

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 after skidding off the runway downhill towards the sea at the airport in Trabzon (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

A jet that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea.

If it had stopped any further along the slope, the plane would have probably plunged into the Black Sea in the Turkish province of Trabzon.

The incident late on Saturday created panic among the 162 passengers and crew on board the Pegasus Airlines flight, but they were all evacuated safely.

Trabzon Governor Yucel Yavuz said on Sunday that investigators were trying to determine why the plane had left the runway.

The flight originated in the capital, Ankara.

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