Pegasus plane accident in Istanbul

Captain of the Pegasus flight that crashed in Istanbul arrested

The Turkish prosecutor accuses of negligence to the captain of the plane, that crashed at the beginning of February at the Sabiha Gökçen airport in Istanbul, causing 3 deaths and dozens of injured.

A pilot of the Turkish airline Pegasus was arrested on Monday by the Turkish authorities in connection with the plane crash that occurred earlier this month in which a plane of the low cost company skidded off the runway during the landing at Sabiha Gökçen airport in Istanbul, and ended up breaking into three parts, causing 3 dead and dozens injured.

Judicial sources cited by the Turkish press on condition of anonymity confirmed that the Ankara prosecutor’s office had ordered the arrest of the captain of the aircraft, identified by the acronym M.A., and that he would be charged with negligence resulting in death and injuries during the landing operation .

The PC2193 flight that made the journey between the Turkish cities of İzmir (Izmir) and Istanbul crashed on February 5th when it landed at the Asian airport in Istanbul in the middle of a storm. Just a month before another Boeing 737-800 of the same company had also skidded off the track landing again in Sabiha Gökçen, although on that occasion the passengers were safely evacuated.

After the last accident, the Turkish press suggested that the pilots of the Pegasus flight would have ignored the warnings of the control tower, who reported the poor condition of the runways because of the storm in Istanbul, and several passengers confirmed that the plane was speeding, so it could have suffered an aquaplaning effect. It is also investigated why the captain spoke with the control tower in Turkish, and not in English as required by the rules.