The Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into the two pilots of the plane that got off track on Thursday at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport, to determine whether they could be responsible for «causing deaths and injuries» due to «negligence.»
The Public Ministry has ordered that the two pilots, who are admitted, be taken blood samples to determine if they drank alcohol or drugs, according to the official Anatolia news agency. In addition, they will testify as «suspects» once they have been discharged.
Three people died and 180 were injured after the Pegasus Airlines plane left the runway and broke into several pieces after landing. Investigators analyze whether it could be due to the bad weather in the area on Wednesday.
The main person in charge of the airline, Mehmet Nane, has assured that the company is willing to assume its responsibility and has explained that the pilots are recommended «not to take risk», even requesting the diversion to an alternative airport if they consider it necessary.
The Minister of Transportation, Mehmet Cahit Turan, had recognized the bad state of the Sabiha Gokcen airfield, located in the Asian area of Istanbul, a day before the incident. In particular, he recognized the need to reform the track, where there would be maintenance «every night».