Pegasus crash at Istanbul´s airport

Pegasus airline, accused of hiding technical failures in its planes

A report published by the Turkish press tells how the reports on technical failures presented by the crew were hidden by the Turkish airline to reduce costs.

The Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus, which has taken the headlines of the Turkish press this year after suffering in just one month two air accidents (the last of which ended with 3 dead and dozens injured), could have been covering up dozens of technical failures for months that would eventually have resulted in these air accidents, although the company has always denied it.

That is what at least one report prepared by the Turkish newspaper Sabah states, indicating that the airline decided to cover up several technical failures in different planes notified by the crews, and even allowed flights to take off with faulty equipment for economic reasons. All these failures were “blocked” and were never written in the aircraft records, and therefore no official register of them remained.

The Turkish newspaper has published several reports of these technical failures reported by Pegasus personel; one of them warns of a perforated tire in a landing gear, despite which the airline decided to move forward with the flight without replacing it. Another document presented in this case by a captain warns that the flight computer of an airplane warned of a “start failure” in the engines.

In another series of reports and internal memorandums of the airline, other technical failures are reported, such as landing gear or altimeter malfunctions, both fundamental elements for aircraft safety. The Turkish newspaper says that to save costs, the company even resorted to reusing in another aircraft the equipment of another Pegasus plane that skipped off the runway in 2018.

On February 5th, a Pegasus plane travelling between the Turkish cities of İzmir (Izmir) and Istanbul crashed while landing at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen airport in the middle of a storm. Just a month before another Boeing 737-800 of the same company had also left the runway at the same airport, although on that occasion the passengers were safely evacuated. The airline however maintains that its aircrafts have an average age of just 5 years and pass all technical reviews.