Major mid-air turbulence hits Istanbul-New York flight, 30 injured

Major mid-air turbulence hits Istanbul-New York flight, 30 injured

Turkish Airlines Flight 1 encountered the turbulence about 45 minutes before landing at JFK, Coleman added.

After the flight, which originated in Istanbul, landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 5:35 p.m., 28 people were hospitalized at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, spokesman Steve Coleman of the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey said.

The injuries were "mostly bumps, bruises and cuts", Coleman said, though one person suffered a possible broken leg.

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"Then seeing blood all over".

A flight operating between Istanbul-New York experienced unusual turbulence on Saturday injuring 30 people onboard.

"We keep closely monitoring the health status of these passengers and our team", the airline said in a statement.

Coleman said the passengers and some crew members were first treated inside an airport terminal.

According to Storm Team A flight data, the plane flew directly in its approach to NY without making any deviations.

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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