Flights suspended at an Istanbul airport after plane overshoot

ISTANBUL, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Flights at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport were suspend until 1700 GMT on Tuesday after a Pegasus plane overshot the runway on landing and became stuck in soft ground, an airport official said.

Pegasus said in a statement all passengers had been evacuated and there were no casualties on the flight arriving from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

“A plane came off the runway and was embedded in the earth. Work on rescuing the plane is continuing. The strong winds are hindering the work,” the airport official told Reuters.

He said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued a note halting take-offs and landings until 8:00 p.m. at Sabiha Gokcen, an airport on the Asian side of the city. There are also two airports on Istanbul’s European side.

Reporting by Ceyda Caglayan; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Jonathan Spicer