Turkish Airlines Makes Emergency Landing in IstanbulOnur Ant
A Turkish Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport after hitting “its right side” to the ground during the touchdown, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.
The Airbus 320 aircraft, flying from Milan to Istanbul, took off after the initial attempt to land and made an emergency landing shortly after, Anadolu reported. All 97 passengers were evacuated unharmed, according to a Twitter posting by Turkish Airlines spokesman Ali Genc. The airline started an investigation into the incident, Genc said.
The plane stopped only after veering off the runway during the emergency landing, Anadolu reported. Ground vehicles and fire fighters put out the ensuing fire in one of the engines.
A photograph of the airplane taken by an airport employee and obtained by Bloomberg shows an aircraft near the tarmac with white smoke billowing from it.