An Istanbul court has ordered the arrest of the captain pilot of a Pegasus Airlines plane that skidded off a runway at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen International Airport earlier this month, killing three people and injuring 179 aboard.
Mahmut Arslan was sentenced on charges of "causing death and injury by negligence" before being taken to Maltepe Prison in Istanbul.
Three people were killed and 179 were injured when a plane skidded off an airport runway in Istanbul and split into three pieces, News Sky reported.
The accident involving the Boeing 737-800 occurred at the Sabiha Gokcen airport.
The flight was operated by Pegasus Airlines and carried 177 passengers onboard and six crew members.
Many are hospitalized.
A passenger plane of the Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus skidded off the runway of Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, Turkish NTV reported.
There are no dead or injured people. The incident happened at 9.43 am (8.43 am Bulgarian time). For this reason, the airport will not operate for several hours.
A plane that hit headlines after skidding off the runway at the airport in the Black Sea province of Trabzon in January may be converted into a library.
Turkish budget airline Pegasus has received an incentive certificate worth more than 22 billion Turkish Liras ($5.55 billion) to invest in 167 planes, Turkey's official gazette said on March 26.
Turkish airline Pegasus carried a total of 27.8 million passengers in 2017, a 15.2 percent increase from the previous year, the airline announced in a written statement late on Jan. 15.