2018-01-13 Pegasus B737-800 landing accident at Trabzon
On landing the aircraft veered to the side of the runway where it fell down a steep embankment before it came to rest. All 166 on board survived. Some of them received minor injuries.
Pegasus Airlines flight PC 8622 from Ankara was landing from the west on runway 11 in darkness and rain (23:26L) at Trabzon-International Airport, when during the deceleration process, the aircraft ran to the left of the runway.
The pilots were, however, unable to correct the misalignment with the runway centreline until the aircraft departed paved surface of the hard shoulder and rolled over soft, downsloping terrain where it came to a stop in a strong nose-down position only a few meters away from the waves of the Black Sea.
An emergency evacuation was initiated via overwings exists and chutes. All 166 on board made it out safely.
The wings, engines and undercarriage are suspected having received substantial damage. It appears all undercarriage sheared off or collapsed. The right engine separated and was found to have fallen into the shallow waters of the Black Sea.
There almost was any wind at the time of the accident, but local visibility was somewhat reduced because of rainfall. Turkish authorities have launched an investigation.
The Airport operations came to a halt because of an ongoing emergency beneath the runway.
Trabzon Airport is built close to the shoreline. Its single runway is measuring 2640 x 45 m (8661 x 148 ft).
LTCG A0284/18 AIRCRAFT WRECK -60M BEYOND THR RWY 29 -75M RIGHT
SIDE OF RWY 29 CENTERLINE -5M HEIGHT. 14 JAN 06:55 2018 UNTIL
29 JAN 14:00 2018. CREATED: 14 JAN 06:56 2018
Early reports in Turkish media – based on the reports of both pilots – indicated the right engine #2 (CFM56 -7B26) unintentionally developed forward when the 737 had already reached a slower groundspeed. This created a strong turning momentum around the vertical axis to such an extent the pilots were unable to counteract. This thrust asymmetry occurred at the end of what appeared to be a normal landing run on runway 11.
Recovery works to pull the stricken aircraft back to runway level are ongoing. No final decision about the fate of the aircraft was made yet.
METAR: Trabzon Airport (LTCG, TZX):
METAR LTCG 132020Z 24001KT 4000 -RA BR BKN003 BKN025 08/07 Q1021 NOSIG=
METAR LTCG 132050Z 25001KT 2800 -RA BR BKN004 BKN025 08/07 Q1021 BECMG TL2100 3200=
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Type: Boeing 737-800
Age a/c: 5.16 years
Constr. No.: 40879
Occupants & Casualties
Date: 2018-01-12 Time: 23:25
Location: LTCG TZX Trabzon
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial
Flight no.: PC 8622
From: LTAC/ESB: Ankara Esenboga International To: LTCG/TZX: Trabzon
Operator: Pegasus Airlines
JACDEC 30-year Statistics :
- 20th safety occurence for the operator
– no hull loss accidents for Pegasus AL until today
- 576th safety occurence of type (B737-800)
- 3rd safety occurence at Trabzon Airport
- 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question
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