People Hurt After JFK-Bound Flight Encounters Heavy Turbulence

Ann Santiago
March 11, 2019

Thirty people were injured Saturday afternoon when a Turkish Airlines flight bound for New York City hit severe turbulence, officials said. Prior to landing the captain of this Boeing 777 with 326 passengers and 21 crew members on board declared an emergency.

Flight TK01 encountered "unusual turbulence" about 40 minutes before landing at the airport, the airline said.

Thirty people on board a flight from Turkey to NY were injured during severe turbulence over ME, with one person suffering a broken leg, officials said.

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

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

"Then seeing blood all over".

Turkish Airlines, the airline whose top priority is safety and passenger well-being, is deeply saddened by this unfortunate experience, and closely monitors the health status of injured passengers, and is making resources available to them.

The National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center had issued warnings for pilots flying over parts of America's east coast.

Passengers were reported to have sustained injuries such as bruising, bumps and cuts, while a flight attendant sustained a broken leg.

There was another incident earlier on Sunday when Newark Liberty International Airport was forced to temporarily close its runways after a flight from Montreal to Florida made an emergency landing because of smoke in its cargo hold.

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