Private jet goes off Istanbul runway, catches fire

Firefigters stand next to the wreckage of a private jet after it crashed at Ataturk airport in Istanbul, Turkey, September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RC1FAF8C3070

Firefigters stand next to the wreckage of a private jet after it crashed at Ataturk airport in Istanbul Thursday night.  (REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

A small private jet with four people on board ran off a runway while landing at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport on Thursday and caught fire, Turkish media reports said. All four survived the accident, Turkey's transportation ministry said.

The plane had taken off from the airport for northern Cyprus but soon detected a technical malfunction and decided to abort the flight and go back, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. It went off the runway while landing.

The jet's two pilots, flight attendant stewardess and one passenger were able to make it off the jet on their own, Anadolu reported. Information on their conditions was not immediately available.

Earlier, the private Dogan news agency had reported that the first pilot was killed in the accident.

Firefighters were mobilized to extinguish the fire, Anadolu reported. Flights at the airport were suspended after the accident, but soon resumed.

Last year, some 40 people were killed and close to 250 others were injured in a gun and bomb attack at the airport.

The airport is slated to be closed down when a new airport, currently under construction, goes into operation.