29 injured after severe turbulence hits flight to New York


At least 29 people were injured, including a flight attendant who suffered a broken leg, after their plane travelling from Istanbul to New York was hit by severe turbulence.

Dozens of ambulances were deployed to the tarmac of New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport as the Turkish Airlines flight, carrying more than 300 passengers and crew members, landed on Saturday.

The city’s fire service said 29 people had been treated for non-threatening injuries following the incident which happened as the jet flew over Maine.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman said 30 were injured.

Some 28 were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Centre and two others went to Queens Hospital Medical Centre, said Mr Coleman.

He confirmed a flight attendant suffered a broken leg and that others on board suffered cuts and bruises.

The Boeing 777 landed at 5.35pm local time (10.35pm GMT) after completing its 10-hour journey.

It flew into the turbulence about 45 minutes before landing at JFK, according to Mr Coleman.

Some 326 passengers and 18 crew members were on the jet.

An emergency was declared by the crew while the plane was still in the air, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Turkish Airlines released a statement confirming the flight “encountered an unusual turbulence about 40 minutes before landing” in New York.

The airline said it is “deeply saddened by this unfortunate experience, and closely monitors the health status of injured passengers, and is making resources available to them”.

(c) Sky News 2019: 29 injured after severe turbulence hits flight to New York

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