Explosion kills employee in Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Explosion kills worker and wounds another in Turkey’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish security forces and firefighters take security measures after an explosion, at Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul on Dec. 23, 2015.

An explosion has killed a worker and wounded another from the Pegasus Airlines, at Turkey’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport early on Wednesday morning.

The explosion took place at 2:05am at the airport apron, killing a janitor and wounding another one who were working inside one of the Pegasus airplanes, according to a statement released by the Pegasus Airlines.

“There have been no passengers on the plane or jetway during the incident,” the statement said.

The airport continues to carry out its operations as usual, the statement added.

Expert teams have indicated that three planes, which were located in different areas of the airport apron, have been damaged following the incident according to Turkish media reports.

Security forces and firefighters have taken high security measures at the airport following the incident which has been suspected to be caused by an attack from outside of the airport. 

Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told Turkey’s Anadolu Agency that an investigation on the explosion has been launched by security officials in order to determine the cause of the blast.

The Sabiha Gokcen Airport is located in the Asian side of Istanbul.

TRTWorld and agencies