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Turkey uses large crane to remove 737 from slope

Workers on a recovery operation around a Boeing 737-800 of Turkey's Pegasus Airlines in Trabzon, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, with 168 people on board, went off the runway at Trabzon Airport late on Saturday, stopping at an acute angle only a few meters away from the Black Sea. All passengers and crew were evacuated and no one was injured. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

TRABZON, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities are using a large crane to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope just meters away from the Black Sea.

The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, with 168 people on board, overshot the runway while landing at Trabzon Airport on Jan. 13. All passengers and crew were evacuated and no one was injured.

Ambulances and fire extinguishing trucks were on standby Thursday as the crane lifted the plane up the slope. Workers involved in the recovery posed for a group photograph in front of the half-dangling plane.

Turkish media said the pilots told investigators the plane's right engine experienced a sudden surge of speed that forced it to swerve to the left, toward the sea.

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