İstanbul airport temporarily shut down after plane skids off runway: report

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A passenger plane skidded off the runway in the Turkish city of İstanbul on Tuesday, temporarily shutting down the airport, The Associated Press reported.

The Boeing 737-800 from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, operated by Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus, skidded as it landed at Sabiha Gökçen Airport early in the morning. The DHA news agency reported passengers were evacuated by emergency slides.

The İstanbul Governor’s Office said there were no deaths or injuries and that all 164 passengers were safely evacuated, according to the Demirören news agency.

Storms and heavy rain have affected the city and transportation since Sunday night.

The state-owned Anadolu news agency said the international airport would be closed until 0820 GMT. The airport is on the Asian side of Turkey’s largest city, which spans two continents.

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