Istanbul’s biggest airport was forced to close after a luxury private plan crashed into the main runway and burst into flames.
The jet was trying to leave Ataturk Airport on its way to Cyprus when it reportedly fell from the sky.
The plane crashed into the ground and burst into flames prompting firefighters to flood to the scene to extinguish the blaze and staggeringly everyone survived.
Firefighters work at the scene of a crash of a small private jet, which ran off a runway while landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport
Firefighters stand next to the wreckage of a private jet after it crashed at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, September 21, 2017
The wreckage of the private luxury plane is seen at the airport after reportedly falling from the sky
Initial reports suggested the plane’s failure alarm triggered having taken off from the runway.
Seconds later, the tire exploded during the emergency landing attempt, which is thought to have caused the fire.
Ataturk airport reopened to traffic after the private jet crashed on the runway, causing authorities to suspend flights, the head of Turkish Airlines said on Twitter.
A passenger aircraft takes off as firefigters and forensic experts stand next to the wreckage of a private jet after it crashed at Ataturk airport in Istanbul
The jet, registered as TC-KON, crashed after reporting a malfunction as it was taking off, the state-run news agency Anadolu said.
The flight was heading to the Ercan airport in northern Cyprus, Anadolu reported.
Police said the jet’s two pilots, a cabin crew member and a passenger were slightly injured in the crash.
The jet’s rear end was detached from the aircraft, with emergency teams and firefighters at the crash site, images from a photographer on the scene showed.
The jet had briefly burst into flames after crashing, causing traffic at the airport to be suspended, Anadolu said.
Turkish Airlines Chief Executive Bilal Eksi said both runways at the airport were now operational.
Last year, some 40 people were killed and close to 250 others were injured in a gun and bomb attack at the airport.
The airport is slated to be closed down when a new airport, currently under construction, goes into operation.