One person killed after explosion at Istanbul airport

ISTANBUL: One person was killed and another wounded after an explosion of unknown origin Wednesday at an airport in Istanbul, Turkish television reports said.


Airport cleaner Zehra Yamac, 30, died of head wounds hours after the blast on the tarmac at Sabiha Gokcen airport on the Asian side of Turkey’s largest city, CNN-Turk and NTV television reported.

The cause of the blast was not clear, Pegasus airline said Wednesday.

Pegasus said the blast occurred at 2:05 am (0005 GMT) when no passengers were in the area and that operations were continuing normally.

Police armed with rifles and protective vests imposed tight security at entrances to the airport after the blast, searching vehicles in the area while a police helicopter circled overhead, state-run Anadolu Agency said.

It said one of the cleaners was wounded in the hand, and they were both being treated in hospital.

The Sabiha Gokcen airport operator said in a brief statement there was no problem with plane takeoffs and landings at the airport, adding that investigations into the cause of the blast were continuing.