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Ataturk airport reopens after plane crash


Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport has reopened to traffic after a private jet crashed onto its runway on Thursday local time.

As the jet was taking off, it reported a malfunction before crashing to the ground, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported.

 

The jet, registered as TC-KON, then burst into flames after crashing, forcing authorities to suspend airport traffic.

 

A passenger, along with a member of cabin crew and the jet’s two pilots were slightly injured in the crash which saw the jet’s rear end detach from the aircraft.

 

The flight was reportedly heading to the Ercan airport in northern Cyprus, Reuters reported.

 

Turkish Airlines chief executive Bilal Eksi announced on Twitter that both runways were back up and running.

 

A new airport is currently under construction, with this airport slated to close down.

 

Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 22 September 2017


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