Plane skids off runway and dangles over a cliff

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A passenger jet slid off the runway and became stuck in mud after landing at an worldwide airport in the Black Sea province of Trabzon late Saturday, state-run news agency Anadolu reported.

Images show the aircraft on its belly and at an acute angle just above the water.

Early reports suggest that the wheels dug into the frozen mud, which stopped it from falling completely into the Black Sea.

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Some of the 168 people on board the Boeing 737-800 described it as a "miracle" that everyone was evacuated safely.

Trabzon's governor, Yücel Yavuz, said all 162 passengers and crew on board were evacuated from the plane.

The airport, situated in the Turkish province of the same name, was closed for several hours afterwards but has since reopened.

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Another passenger, Fatma Gordu, told private Dogan news agency that there was a loud sound after landing.

"We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up".

The aircraft (TC-CPF) had arrived at the Black Sea resort as flight PC8622 from Ankara on 13 January.

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