Stewarts’ Aviation team has commenced proceedings in Chicago relating to Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193, which overran the runway landing at Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Turkey in February 2020.
On 5 February 2020, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 183 passengers and crew on board operated by Pegasus Airlines as Flight PC2193, was scheduled to fly from Izmir to Istanbul in Turkey. At approximately 18:30 local time, the aircraft attempted to land in heavy rain and strong tailwinds. A thunderstorm with strong wind gusts was passing through, and two other aircraft had aborted their landing attempts shortly before.
Following the touchdown, the aircraft failed to decelerate and skidded off the runway into a ditch breaking into three sections. Three passengers were killed, 179 people were injured, and the aircraft was destroyed. It was the first fatal accident in the airline’s history. It came less than a month after another Pegasus Airlines accident (Flight 747) involving a Boeing 737 skidded off the runway at the same airport.
Our international Aviation team, in conjunction with Wisner Law in the US and Can Law Firm in Turkey, has commenced court proceedings in Chicago, Illinois, against the aircraft manufacturer (Boeing) drawing on extensive experience in previous airline accidents involving runway overruns.
Peter Neenan, a partner in Stewarts’ Aviation team, commented:
“While the results of the Turkish investigation by the Transport Safety Investigation Centre are awaited, initial indications are that the aircraft design played a major role in this accident. In particular, we have significant concerns about the Boeing autopilot functions used during the descent and the braking systems used upon touchdown.”
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