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Plane hauled back to safety after skidding off runway and down shallow cliff face

A plane which skidded off a runway and down a steep embankment in Turkey has been hauled back to safety.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 had 168 people on board when it veered off the Trabzon Airport runway on Saturday.

It came to a stop down a shallow cliff face just metres from the Black Sea.

The recovery operation took place on Thursday. Credit: APTN

The plane crew and passengers were all evacuated and there were no reports of any injuries.

As investigations got underway, a crane was brought in on Thursday to haul the jet back to safety.

Pilots reportedly told transport officials that the right-side engine had suddenly surged in speed, causing the plane to swerve to the left.