22 Nov 2019 19:51

Odesa Airport flights cancelled after Turkish plane incident

KYIV. Nov 22 (Interfax) - The Odesa International Airport suspended flights until 10 p.m. on Friday after a Turkish Airlines plane (flight TK465) from Istanbul broke down on the runway on November 21.

The airport released a statement advising passengers to keep up with schedule updates online.

The crash landing was caused by bad weather conditions, an airport official told Interfax. "The plane landed but veered off the runway due to gusty winds, which caused the landing gear to break down," the official said.

Passengers whose flights were cancelled should contact their airline companies.

The airport lacks the equipment needed to resolve the problem, Ukrainian media reported.

Andrey Stavnitser, co-owner and general director of the terminal operator TransInvestService (TIS), wrote on Facebook on Friday evening: "I will buy/take management /concession over Odesa airport. I will quickly sort out the mess. It will be just like TIS."

The businessman called the incident a disgrace.