A huge fire broke out in the cargo area of Istanbul's main airport, Ataturk Airport.
Smoke from the fire turned the skies black.
Despite the poor visibility planes were being allowed to land.
Fire-fighting planes were used to bring the inferno under control.
Images on Turkish television showed the scale of the fire to a live audience.
Journalists driving towards the scene could see the massive column of smoke from some distance away.
Hundreds of people fled the airport terminal and surrounding areas, but there were no reports of casualties.
What first sparked the fire is not yet known.