Dozens Of Passengers Hurt When JFK-Bound Flight Hits Heavy Turbulence


"The Boeing 777 type aircraft, which had taken off from Istanbul with 326 passengers and 18 crew members, landed safely at the airport at 5.35 p.m. Saturday, after experienced turbulence", the statement made by Turkish Airlines said. Two went to Queens Hospital Medical Centre. "I see she is on the floor", said Emdadul Haque who was a passenger on the plane. Most injuries were minor, with passengers suffering bumps and bruises, but one person had a broken leg.

An emergency was declared after the Boeing 777 landed, with a dozen ambulances waiting at Terminal 1, but the Fire Department of NY said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

One flight attendant broke a leg as a Turkish Airlines plane was buffeted by turbulence.

"Then seeing blood all over".

"There was like one or two seconds when it was subtle, but then it really started to pick up", passenger Amir Mehrbakhsh said.

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Thirty people on board a flight from Turkey to NY were injured during severe turbulence over ME, with one person suffering a broken leg, officials said.

The National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center had issued warnings for pilots flying over parts of America's east coast.

Flight TK01 encountered "unusual turbulence" about 40 minutes before landing at the airport, the airline said. Turkish Airlines officials were not immediately available for comment.

It was the second mishap on Saturday involving a plane in the NY metropolitan area.