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Passengers evacuated after plane tyre bursts while landing in Turkey – the second incident in two days

Simon Calder’s Travel

Almost 200 people were evacuated from a plane in Turkey on Thursday after one of its tyres burst during landing.

Turkey’s transportation ministry said no one was hurt in the incident at Gazipasa airport near the Mediterranean coastal town of Alanya.

The Boeing 737-800, belonging to Turkey-based Corendon Airlines, stopped safely on the runway after landing.

It was the second incident at a Turkish airport in as many days.

The plane, which carried 184 passengers and six crew members, was on a flight from Cologne, Germany.

Corendon Airlines denied initial media reports that the aircraft had landed on its nose.

Turkey’s transport and infrastructure ministry reported damage to the plane’s front gear but did not provide details.

The runway was not damaged but flights were diverted to the nearby Antalya airport while the aircraft was being removed.

On Wednesday a Boeing 767 cargo aircraft belonging to FedEx Express made an emergency landing at Istanbul Airport after its front landing gear failed.

Boeing 767 hits runway nose first during emergency landing at Istanbul airport (AP)

A video on social media showed the plane using the back landing gear and then dipping its nose with the front portion of the fuselage.

The front landing gear did not deploy, but the pilot managed to stay on the runway, Turkey’s transport ministry said, adding that there were no casualties.

Video footage showed sparks flying and smoke billowing as the front end of the plane scraped along the runway before being doused with firefighting foam.

Elsewhere on Thursday another Boeing 737-300 skidded off the runway of Senegal’s main airport causing injuries to 11 people, four of whom are in a serious condition.

Flights were suspended near the capital Dakar after the plane went into the grass before take-off during the early hours of Thursday, a spokesperson for the main airport Blaise Diagne said.

A Transair Boeing 737-38J (6V-AJE) suffered a runway excursion at Dakar Airport, Senegal (AviationSafety/X)

Dramatic footage on social media shows the plane with the logo of Senegal-based airline Transair standing on the ground with fire-suppressing foam covering the wing.

Local reports suggest the plane is a Boeing 737-300 carrying 78 passengers and that wing caught fire, although this is unconfirmed at this point.

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