Flight TK 467 was arriving from Istanbul but according to reports from the scene, the Boeing 737-800 missed its approach at Odessa before circling over the airport. The aircraft then skidded off the runway during its second attempt.
There are no reports of injuries to any of the crew or passengers. However, the airliner remains grounded with the return flight reported to be canceled. Despite freezing temperatures, the weather conditions in Odessa are currently dry, with some winds. It remains unclear what caused the event.
Troubles at the airport
Incidentally, this is not the first nose gear issue to occur at Odessa Airport today. During the afternoon, the airport was closed amid an incident involving a corporate jet.
Reportedly, all of of those onboard were evacuated from the aircraft safely.
Busy times for Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines has had a busy month as it continues to expand its network. It recently announced it will add a fourth route to China before the end of 2019. The carrier will provide nonstop from Istanbul to Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province.
Additionally, the firm shared that from next summer, it will fly to Newark from Istanbul. This daily flight will depart Istanbul at 18:35 and arrive in Newark on the same day at 22:30. Thereafter, the return from Newark will depart at 00:25 before arriving back in Turkey at 17:10. All times are local.
Simple Flying reached out to Turkish Airlines for comment on today’s incident but didn’t hear back before publication. We will update the article with any further announcements.