Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Thirty injured as turbulence hits Turkish Airlines flight to NY

Thirty injured as turbulence hits Turkish Airlines flight to NY

Dozens of airline passengers were injured on Saturday (March 10) when their flight from Istanbul to NY encountered heavy turbulence, according to local authorities.

A flight attendant suffered a broken leg, Mr Coleman said.

Turkish Airlines Flight 001 landed safely at JFK at 5:30 p.m. Saturday after the turbulence occurred, authorities said.

The injured were taken from New York's John F Kennedy International Airport to local hospitals, mainly for treatment of bumps, cuts and bruises.

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.

The Port Authority spokesman says other airport operations were not affected.

The FDNY initially reported that 32 people were injured but later downgraded the number to 29.

The plane was carrying more than 300 passengers and crew members.

It was the second safety incident at a New York-area airport on Saturday.

The US National Weather Service had issued advisories on Saturday warning pilots of expected turbulence. New Jersey's Newark airport closed its runways earlier in the day after a cargo plane flying to Florida from Canada was forced to make an emergency landing.

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