30 injured as turbulence hits Turkish Airlines flight to New York

Andrew Cummings
March 10, 2019

The Boeing 777 type aircraft, which had taken off from Istanbul with 326 passengers and 18 crew members, landed safely at the airport at 5.35pm Saturday, after experienced the said turbulence.

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

The Turkish Airlines Flight 1 reportedly encountered the turbulence about 45 minutes before landing at JFK. Most passengers suffered bumps and bruises but a few people were sent to a hospital, authorities said, noting that at least one person had a broken leg.

Turkish Airlines officials in a statement early Sunday confirmed the flight carrying 326 passengers and 18 crew members "encountered an unusual turbulence about 40 minutes before landing" in NY.

"Nobody announced it or anything like that so we figured out something was wrong", passenger Sead Nikaj told ABC News.

The National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center had warned pilots of severe turbulence over New England on Saturday evening.

The airline didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

Earlier, a spokesman for the FDNY said 32 people were injured.

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

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