Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Thirty injured as turbulence hits Turkish Airlines flight to New York

Thirty injured as turbulence hits Turkish Airlines flight to New York

In this image from March 24, 2017, a passenger plane lands at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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.

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

One had a broken leg and others suffered bumps, bruises and cuts.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says Turkish Air flight 1 was travelling from Istanbul to NY when it encountered intense turbulence mid-flight and declared an emergency.

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The airliner, carrying 326 passengers with a crew of 21, ran into "severe turbulence" about 45 minutes before landing at 5:35 p.m. EST (1035 GMT), Coleman said.

The flight was on a Boeing 777.

The US National Weather Service had issued advisories on Saturday warning pilots of expected turbulence.

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

The incident comes just hours after neighboring Newark Airport was forced to close all of its runways after a flight from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale made an emergency landing due to smoke in the cargo hold.

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