Turkish Airlines Flight 1878

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Turkish Airlines Flight 1878
Turkish Airlines (Star Alliance livery), TC-JPE, Airbus A320-232 (16791463639).jpg
The aircraft involved, photographed in 2014
Date 25 April 2015 (2015-04-25)
Summary Hard landing during first attempt, gear collapse and runway excursion during second attempt
Site Atatürk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
Aircraft type Airbus A320-232
Aircraft name Gümüşhane
Operator Turkish Airlines
IATA flight No. TK1878
ICAO flight No. THY1878
Call sign TURKISH 1878
Registration TC-JPE
Flight origin Milan–Malpensa Airport, Italy
Destination Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Turkey
Passengers 97
Crew 5
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Survivors 102 (all)

Turkish Airlines Flight 1878 was an international passenger flight from Milan–Malpensa Airport, Italy to Atatürk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey. On 25 April 2015, the aircraft rolled sharply just before landing causing a very hard touchdown resulting in substantial damage to the starboard wing and a fire. A go-around was initiated and the aircraft positioned for a second approach attempt but veered off the runway on the second landing. All 102 passengers and crew survived unharmed.



The accident aircraft was an Airbus A320-200, registration TC-JPE, named Gümüşhane.[1] The aircraft's manufacturer's serial number was 2941. It had first flown on 18 October 2006 and was repainted into the Star Alliance livery in 2014.[2] The aircraft was subsequently written off.[3]


Flight 1878 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Malpensa Airport, Milan, Italy to Atatürk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey. At 10:23 local time (07:23 UTC) on 25 April 2015, the aircraft operating the flight, an Airbus A320-200 registration TC-JPE,[2] rolled to the right just before landing on runway 05 at Istanbul and touched down hard from a height of 100 feet (30 m) above ground level.[4] A tail strike was followed by a hard landing on the starboard main gear.[1] This caused substantial damage to the starboard wing, including the rupturing of fuel lines.[5]

The aircraft made a go-around, climbing to an altitude of 3,800 feet (1,200 m).[2] During the approach to land on runway 35L, a passenger noticed the damaged wing was on fire. During the second landing,[4] at 10:41 local time (07:41 UTC),[2] the aircraft's right landing gear collapsed and the aircraft spun almost 180° off the runway. The airport's fire and rescue service attended the aircraft and the fire was extinguished. All on board evacuated the aircraft via the emergency slides. There were no injuries reported.[4] The flight crew claimed that wake turbulence from a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which landed ahead of them may have been the reason for the initial roll and contact with the runway.[1]

Following the accident, the airport was temporarily closed, with flights being diverted to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Istanbul.[6] Turkish Airlines cancelled 95 flights from Istanbul.[1]


The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is responsible for investigating aviation accidents in Turkey and has commenced an investigation.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Yaşadığımıza şükrediyoruz'" [We are thankful to be alive] (in Turkish). Hürriyet. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Ranter, Harro (25 April 2015). "ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A320-232 TC-JPE Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport (IST)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "TC-JPE Turkish Airlines Airbus A320-232". PlaneSpotters. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Hradecky, Simon (25 April 2015). "Accident: THY A320 at Istanbul on Apr 25th 2015, hard landing, go-around, engine problem, gear problem, gear collapse, runway excursion". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Richter, Jan (25 April 2015). "2015-04-25 Turkish Airlines Airbus A320 landing accident at Istanbul Airport". JACDEC. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Turkish plane makes emergency landing over engine fire". Hürriyet Daily News. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 

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