A passenger plane that skidded off a Turkish airport runway has been lifted away from its precarious position on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Black Sea. Two enormous cranes were used to hoist the Pegasus Airlines plane which ran into trouble moments after landing at Trabzon Airport .

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The 162 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800 miraculously escaped without any serious injuries after the out-of-control plane suddenly veered off an icy runway and hurtled down the side of the cliff.

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It stopped just a few metres short of the sea below after the plane’s wheels became stuck in the mud on the cliff. Passengers were evacuated following an anxious 20-minute wait for emergency crews to arrive.

The pilot and co-pilot, who both passed breathalyser tests after an investigation into the incident was launched, reported a sudden ‘engine surge’ after landing.

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