Extreme weather causes Istanbul plane to hit snowdrift

- No injuries reported as Istanbul reels from major blizzard.

ISTANBUL (AA) - A Turkish Airlines flight at Istanbul Ataturk Airport skidded into a snowdrift while taxiing Wednesday amid driving snow and winds which have hit the city over the last 48 hours.

On early Wednesday morning flight TK829 from Beirut became stuck in snow after landing. No injuries were reported.

The extreme weather -- which particularly hit the city’s European side and Bosporus areas -- led Turkish Airlines to cancel 210 domestic and international flights (Wednesday and Thursday).

Icy roads caused more than 800 traffic accidents in the city resulting in disruption on main routes. Ferry lines canceled services to Kadikoy, Karakoy, Kabatas and Eminonu.

Istanbul governorship announced late Tuesday that school was canceled for Wednesday. Local media also reported that 18 universities in Istanbul have canceled lectures today.

Turkey’s National General Meteorology Directorate predicted Tuesday that snowfall would pause Thursday midday local time but that it will start snowing again staring the same night until Friday morning.

According to the meteorology agency, snowfall measured 25-40 centimeters in Istanbul’s Catalca and Hadimkoy districts while 10 centimeters fell in Beylikduzu, Basaksehir and Esenyurt.

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