Airplane slips off the runway in Turkey, killing three and injuring 179

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A plane slid off the runway at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport on Wednesday, killing three people and injuring 179 people. The Pegasus Airlines plane, with 183 people on board, overrun the runway, caught fire and broke into three parts.

The governor of Istanbul tweeted that the accident occurred on Wednesday evening when the plane returned from the western Turkish city of Izmir. He told reporters that the plane was unable to reach the runway due to bad weather and crashed onto a road from a height of 30 to 40 meters.

In a report by the Xinhua news agency, Turkish health minister Fahrettin Koca said that the wounded are receiving medical care.

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According to reports, people are still trapped under the debris of the plane and the rescue operation continues. There are also reports of the presence of American and Chinese citizens among the passengers on board at the time of the accident.

The airport was reportedly closed to air traffic until further notice.

(With agency submissions)