US in­ves­ti­ga­tors in­spect Turk­ish plane crash site

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ANKARA, TURKEY — U.S. avi­a­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tors have ar­rived at the site of a fa­tal plane crash in Is­tan­bul, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency re­ported Satur­day.

A team from air­craft man­u­fac­turer Boe­ing and the U.S. civil avi­a­tion au­thor­ity in­spected the wreck­age of the Pe­ga­sus Air­lines Boe­ing 737 that skid­ded off a run­way at Sabiha Gok­cen air­port Wed­nes­day night, killing three peo­ple.

The air­craft, which split into three pieces, will later be dis­man­tled and re­moved by crane, Anadolu said.

The crash hap­pened as the 11-year-old air­craft landed in strong winds and heavy rain.

The U.S. team is look­ing to see if there were any tech­ni­cal fac­tors that could have con­trib­uted to the ac­ci­dent, Anadolu re­ported.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are examining many pos­si­ble causes, in­clud­ing the plane’s speed and the weather at the time of the crash.

On Thurs­day, Pe­ga­sus Air­lines CEO Mehmet T. Nane said the plane’s black boxes had been re­cov­ered and the data from them was be­ing de­ci­phered.

A re­port on the crash, in which 180 pas­sen­gers and crew mem­bers were in­jured, is ex­pected in a month’s time, Anadolu re­ported.

Pros­e­cu­tors have taken state­ments from air traf­fic con­trol staff, air­port em­ploy­ees and the pi­lots of two other planes that aborted land­ings shortly be­fore the Pe­ga­sus flight landed.

Pe­ga­sus has had sev­eral re­cent in­stances of over­shoot­ing run­ways.

An­other Pe­ga­sus Air­lines plane skid­ded off the run­way at the same air­port Jan. 7, lead­ing to the tem­po­rary clo­sure of the air­port. There were no in­juries.

In Jan­uary 2018, an­other Boe­ing 737 in the Pe­ga­sus fleet slid off a run­way at Trab­zon Air­port in north­east­ern Turkey. The plane came to rest in the dirt above the Black Sea. No one was in­jured.


A team from Boe­ing and the U.S. civil avi­a­tion au­thor­ity in­spect the plane’s wreck­age Satur­day in In­stan­bul.

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