Dozens injured as severe turbulence interferes with flight heading to JFK Airport
By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer
March 10, 2019, 2:44:47 PM EDT
Severe turbulence led to dozens of passengers being injured on a Turkish Airlines flight Saturday evening shortly before it was due to land in New York.
Flight 001 was coming in from Istanbul, Turkey, about 45 minutes away from landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport when it encountered turbulent conditions, leaving dozens hurt, according to the Port Authority and the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
The FDNY reported that 29 passengers were hurt during the bumpy flight aboard the Boeing 777, which carried 326 passengers and 21 crew.
#FDNY confirms total patients treated at JFK Airport following a turbulent flight have been downgraded to 29 non-life-threatening injuries. FDNY continues to operate on scene.— FDNY (@FDNY) March 10, 2019
The flight landed safely, and injuries were considered non-life-threatening, with many being described as bumps and bruises, according to NBC New York.
Ten people were taken to a nearby hospital after the plane landed at 5:35 p.m., according to spokesman Steve Coleman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who also stated that one person had a broken leg.
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The remainder of those hurt were evaluated inside a terminal at JFK Airport.
29 people injured from severe turbulence on Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul landing at JFK Airport tonight. Injuries ranging from bruises and cuts, to bloodied faces, to a broken leg. Several small children hurt. Officials say 10 people taken to hospital. pic.twitter.com/wmdiUgCwtI— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) March 10, 2019
Pilots were warned of the potential for running into severe turbulence Saturday night after the National Weather Service's (NWS) Aviation Weather Center issued advisories over New England.
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