NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than two dozen people were injured and at least ten were taken to hospital after a Turkish Airlines plane had been severely turbulent at the time of the attack. from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Saturday, officials said.
The New York fire department said it was treating 29 passengers for "non-fatal injuries" at the airport, after initially reporting the number on Twitter to 32.
Most of the injuries on board Turkish Airlines flight 001 from Istanbul were minor, said Steve Coleman, spokesman for the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, which operates the 39-hour service. JFK airport.
"The majority of them were bumps, bruises and cuts," he said. "I am not aware of any life-threatening injuries at this stage."
The 10 passengers sent to a local hospital included one child and one with a broken leg, he said.
The airliner, carrying 326 passengers with a crew of 21, encountered a "strong turbulence" about 45 minutes before landing at 5:35 pm. EST, said Coleman.
The National Meteorological Service's Meteorological Aviation Center released a notice regarding the turbulence in New England on Saturday night.
Turkish Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It was the second incident Saturday at a major airport in the New York area. Newark, New Jersey airport closed its runways earlier in the day after a cargo freighter from Canada was forced to land urgently.
Report by Peter Szekely and Daniel Wallis in New York; Edited by Diane Craft