Three hundred and sixty passengers narrowly escaped death when a Saudi Arabian DC-10 airliner crash-landed at Istanbul's Yesilkov airport, in Turkey, on Friday (2 January).
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Background: Three hundred and sixty passengers narrowly escaped death when a Saudi Arabian DC-10 airliner crash-landed at Istanbul's Yesilkov airport, in Turkey, on Friday (2 January).
Only two people were slightly injured when the aircraft made an emergency landing after one of its three jet engines caught fire. The aircraft itself was considerably damaged, its undercarriage ripped off under the impact.
All 360 passengers, mainly Turkish Moslem pilgrims returning from Mecca, made their escape through the aircraft's emergency chutes.
Airline officials said late that the jumbo-style plane's left engine caught fire as it banked steeply over Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, the former home of Ottoman sultans.
The aircraft had been diverted from its original destination, Ankara, because of fog. Passengers later completed their journey by rail and road.
Repair work has already begun on the crippled plane, and airline officials ere now investigating the cause of the fire.
Moslem pilgrims travelling to and from Mecca have ben involved in two major air tragedies over the past three years. In 1974, a Dutch Airlines DC-8 Crashed in Sri Lanka en route to Jeddah, killing 191 pilgrims on their way to Mecca. The year before, a Royal Jordanian Airlines Boeing 707 returning from Mecca crashed in Nigeria with the loss of 176 lives.
SYNOPSIS: Istanbul's Yesilkov airport, in Turkey .... where on Friday, three hundred and sixty passengers narrowly escaped death when a Saudi Arabian DC-10 airliner crash-landed with engine fire. The aircraft was carrying Turkish Moslem pilgrims returning from Mecca. Only two people were slightly injured, although the plane suffered considerable damage.
The aircraft had earlier been diverted from Ankara airport because of fog. Airline officials said one of its three engines caught fire after it banked steeply over Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, former home of Ottoman sultans.
Repair work has already begun, and officials are now investigating the cause of the blaze. Moslem pilgrims travelling to and from Mecca have been involved in two major air disasters in the last three years, with the loss of almost four hundred lives. All those involved in Friday's crash were able to escape in seconds through the plane's emergency chutes.