One dies in Turkish airport blast
AN explosion on the tarmac at Sabiha Gokcen Airport in the Turkish city of Istanbul has killed a female cleaner.
The woman who died was working on a Pegasus airlines plane overnight when the blast took place. A colleague who was with her was wounded.
BBC reported that the cause of the explosion was being investigated.
Armed police had imposed tight security at the airport’s entrance, but flights appeared not to have been disrupted.
The woman killed, 30-year-old Zeyhra Yamac, died of head injuries.
No passengers were on the plane or nearby at the time,
Although the cause of the blast was unknown, police were investigating whether it was a bomb.
Fragments from the blast damaged five other planes, according to the Turkish Transport Minister, Binali Yildirim said.
“[A] weakness in the airport’s security is out of the question,” he added.
Some witnesses claimed to have heard three consecutive explosions.
Located on the Asian facing side of Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen is the city’s second-largest airport after Ataturk airport on the European side of the city.