Severe turbulence injures 29 Turkish Airlines passengers

Published: March 10, 2019 10:56:52 | Updated: March 12, 2019 18:03:23

In this still image taken from video provided by WNBC-TV News 4 New York, emergency medical personnel tend to an injured passenger from a Turkish Airlines flight at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Saturday, March 9, 2019 - WNBC-TV News 4 New York via AP

More than two dozen people were injured and at least 10 were taken to a hospital after a Turkish Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence on its approach to New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, officials said.

The New York Fire Department said it was treating 29 passengers for “non-life-threatening injuries” at the airport, after having initially reported the number on Twitter at 32.

Most of the injuries aboard Turkish Airlines Flight 001 from Istanbul were minor, according to Steve Coleman, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates JFK Airport.

“The majority of them were bumps, bruises and cuts,” he said. “I’m not aware of any life-threatening injuries at this point.”

The 10 passengers sent to a local hospital included a child and one with a possible broken leg, Reuters reported citing the spokesman.

The airliner, carrying 326 passengers with a crew of 21, ran into “severe turbulence” about 45 minutes before landing at 5:35 pm EST, Coleman said.

The National Weather Service’s Aviation Weather Center had issued an advisory for severe turbulence over New England on Saturday evening.

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