Rescuers at the site of the wreckage of Pegasus Airlines flight PC 2193.
  • At least three people are dead after a Pegasus Airlines plane crashed and broke apart on the runway in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday.
  • The plane, flight PC 2193, was carrying passengers from Izmir, Turkey, to Istanbul.
  • It split into three pieces and briefly caught on fire. 157 of the 177 on board were injured.
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At least three people are dead after an airplane skidded off the runway at Istanbul's Subiha Gökçen airport on Wednesday, the airline confirmed.

Pegasus Airlines flight PC 2193, from Izmir to Istanbul, had 177 people on board when it skidded off the runway at its destination and split into three pieces.

The airline confirmed the three deaths in an update early Thursday local time. 157 people had previously been confirmed injured, meaning that almost nobody on board the flight was unscathed.

The statement said that injured passengers are being treated in hospital. The airline said it "shares in the profound sorrow of all the people affected by this tragic accident."

According to Insider, Turkey's transportation minister, Mehmet Cahit Turhan said the accident was down to a "rough landing."

Sabiha Gökçen airport was shut down after the crash and all other flights were rerouted to Istanbul's main airport.

Footage from the crash captured by Turkish television station NTV showed that several sections of the Boeing 737-800 plane had broken off. The fuselage caught fire briefly before being put out.

Last month, another Pegasus flight skidded off the runway and in 2018 another flight skidded down the runway and a cliff, NPR reported.

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