Posted by: bluesyemre | January 31, 2018

A Turkish plane that recently skidded off runway could be turned into a #Library


A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane, which skidded off the airstrip on January 14 (with no casualties reported), may one day house a library.

The Boeing 737-800, which nearly plunged into the Black Sea, may be repurposed as a public library for residents who have long wanted more access to free books

Roughly two weeks ago, a commercial airplane carrying 162 passengers and six crew members skidded off the runway while attempting to land in the Turkish city of Trabzon. Pegasus Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 veered to the left of the runway and began sliding down a cliff before miraculously stopping mere feet from the Black Sea. While no one was hurt in the incident, several passengers were rushed to the hospital for precautionary measures. For days, however, the plane remained in place, dangling above the turquoise waters of the Black Sea. While crews worked to remove it from the cliff, it was unclear what would happen to the damaged aircraft. Now, it appears we may have an answer, and it’s not what many had anticipated.

The mayor of Trabzon, Orhan Fevzi Gümrükçüoğlu, recently placed a request with Pegasus Airlines to gift the aircraft to the city so that it can be reused as a public library. Residents of the city in northeastern Turkey have long grumbled that they do not have enough access to free books. The airplane, which has an interior floor area of roughly 970 square feet, surely would not be the largest library in the country. But it would go a long way toward alleviating some of the locals’ concerns. While there has been no definitive answer from the airline or the mayor’s office about whether the plan will go through (or where the library would be located in the city), there’s no doubt that it would be a great ending to a story that began in a near disaster. Who knows, maybe one day a surviving passenger will pen a novella describing the harrowing experience, with said book being housed inside of the airplane-turned-library.

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