Private jet carrying five onboard crashes on landing at Istanbul Airport

BREAKING: Pilot dead and three injured after plane crashes into airport runway in popular

A private plane crashed at the Istanbul Ataturk airport.

Turkey's main global airport was closed to traffic on Thursday after a private jet crashed on landing and burst into flames, reports said. All flights have been canceled, local outlets have reported.

The device caught fire while attempting an emergency landing, reported the news agency, the Turkish DHA.

"According to first reports, the plane departed Istanbul to Cyprus and tried to return with failure alarm triggered".

Police said the jet's two pilots, cabin crew members and several passengers suffered minor injuries in the accident. They fought to extinguish the fire, which has since been brought under control.

The jet had briefly burst into flames after crashing, causing traffic at the airport to be suspended, Anadolu said.

CEO of Turkish Airlines Bilal Eksi said that both runways at the airport are now being re-operated. Four people were injured.



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