A LUXURY jet has crashed at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, bursting into flames after speeding off the runway.
The pilot of the jet is reported to have died according to local newspaper Daily Sabah, while three others have been injured in the fiery crash.
These reports are conflicted, however, with other sources claiming two pilots and two passengers had been injured.
Shock videos taken near the airport show fire raging and smoke billowing high into the sky.
The plane crash-landed at the airport and caught fire when it rumbled off the runway.
Flight trackers AirLive said the Cyprus-bound plane had been attempting to return to the airport due to a “failure alarm”. A tire had then exploded during landing.
They said: “According to first reports, the plane departed Istanbul to Cyprus and tried to return with failure alarm triggered. The tire exploded during landing attempt.”
Photos taken at the scene show the plane finally came to a half near a ditch or drainage system.
The nose of the plane is shown buckled with the cabin burned black and covered in fire-retardant foam.
Firefighters rushed to the plane and extinguished the plane.
The jet was registered as TC-KON, a private aircraft which FlightRadar24 identifies as a Cessna 650 Citation 7.
Airlive said: “The Cessna Citation VII with register code TC-KON veered off the runway, as it was emergency landing, and fire squads are in the area to fight the blaze.”
Two runways have now been closed at Ataturk Airport but traffic is continuing according to Turkish Airlines.
The aircraft, according to FlyVictor’s website, is based at Ataturk Airport and can hold six passengers and two flight staff.
There is no indication the flight was booked through FlyViktor.
They said the plane is 19 years old, adding it had been refurbished in 2013. It can reach speeds of 508 miles per hour.
Turkish Airlines tweeted: “Dear passengers, our flights from/to Istanbul Ataturk Airport are being operated. Please check your flight status through our website.”
A private plane caught fire when it made an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport Thursday. Four people were injured.
Three crew members, two pilots and a flight attendant, and one passenger were injured Dogan news agency reports.
The Cyprus-bound private jet crashed soon after taking off, Milliyet reports. All air traffic to and from Ataturk was halted but has since been resumed, AP reports.
Airlive reports the plane tried to return to the airport when a failure alarm was triggered. The tire exploded during the landing.
Firefighters were waiting on the runway once the pilots raised the alarm. They fought to extinguish the fire, which has since been brought under control.
Flight Radar reports the aircraft was a Cessna 650 Citation 7, with the registration TC-KON. The plane was operated by Koçoğlu Aviation belonging to EuroAir, Dogan reports.
At this stage it isn’t clear what caused the plane’s alarm to be triggered.
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