Heavy turbulence injures dozens of people during flight to NYC from Istanbul – USA TODAY - http://travelporn.info | luxury travel sitesMarch 10, 2019 3:16 am Categorised in: Travel News
At least 29 people were injured during a turbulent flight from Istanbul to New York’s Kennedy Airport on Saturday afternoon, according to the New York Fire Department.
Steve Coleman, spokesman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said most everyone on board went to the hospital with bumps, bruises and cuts after the plane landed Saturday at 5:35 p.m. ET. A flight attendant suffered a broken leg, he said.
Initially, the New York Fire Department tweeted that emergency personnel were treating 32 passengers with non-life-threatening injuries at JFK airport.
An hour later, the FDNY confirmed the total number of patients treated at JFK Airport decreased to 29 people.
An emergency was declared after the plane landed, with a dozen ambulances waiting at Terminal 1.
Most of the injured passengers were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Two people were taken to Queens Hospital Medical Center.
There were 329 people on board the Boeing 777, including 21 crew members, according to ABC News.
Turkish Airlines Flight 1 encountered the turbulence about 45 minutes before landing at the New York City airport. The crew declared an emergency while the plane was still in the air, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Earlier Saturday, there was a different problem on a flight that made an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
Smoke on Air Transat Flight 942 from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with 189 passengers prompted the airport to briefly shut down all runways.
The pilot of the plane requested the emergency landing about 8:20 a.m., Coleman, the Port Authority spokesman, said.
There were two reported injuries that were unrelated to the smoke. One person complained of pain from sliding down the emergency chute. Another suffered, a panic attack, Coleman said.
No fire was found and the cause of the smoke remains under investigation.
Both planes landed safely.
Contributing: Anthony Zurita, The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record; The Associated Press.