Video: Truck cranes lift Turkish plane from cliff edge

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Two big truck cranes have been used to recover a Pegasus Airways plane that narrowly missed sinking into the sea after running off a Turkish runway on January 13.

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This video uploaded to YouTube by the Associated Press shows the cranes carefully lifting the Boeing 737-800 at Trabzon Airport supported by a fleet of emergency vehicles, aerial work platforms and earthmovers.

No one was injured in the crash, and preliminary reports say the plane swerved towards the sea after its right engine experienced a sudden surge of speed.

"When we were going to make our usual manoeuvre towards the right from the seaside by reducing our speed, the right engine suddenly gained speed for a reason we do not know," a pilot is reported to have told officials.

"Due to this speed, the plane got out of our control and suddenly swung to the left and got stuck into the mud in the cliff."

Below are some photos and videos of the operation shared on Twitter by Funda Ocak, the director-general of Turkey’s airport authority.




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