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Severe turbulence injures at least 29 passengers on a Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 flight from Istanbul to JFK as the plane made its approach to land

29 passengers injured in severe turbulence on Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to JFK

  • The flight landed at John F Kennedy Airport in New York City at 5.35pm Saturday
  • Officials say four people were hospitalized, one with a broken leg 
  • The majority of those injured were treated for bumps and bruises in the terminal
  • The flight reportedly encountered turbulence about 45 minutes before landing

Twenty-nine passengers are being treated for injuries sustained during major turbulence on a Turkish Airlines flight en route to John F Kennedy International Airport, authorities say. 

Spokesman Steve Coleman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that four passengers were taken to a hospital after the plane landed Saturday at 5.35pm. 

One had a broken leg and others suffered bumps, bruises and cuts.

Coleman says most of the passengers were treated inside an airport terminal.

The New York City Fire Department tweeted about the incident on Saturday evening, reporting that all of the wounded, two of whom are children, had sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

The FDNY initially reported that 32 people were injured but later downgraded the number to 29. 

Twenty-nine passengers are being treated for injuries sustained during major turbulence on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York New York City on Saturday evening

Twenty-nine passengers are being treated for injuries sustained during major turbulence on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York New York City on Saturday evening

A Port Authority spokesman said four passengers were taken to a hospital after the plane landed at John F Kennedy International Airport in Brooklyn around 5.35pm

A Port Authority spokesman said four passengers were taken to a hospital after the plane landed at John F Kennedy International Airport in Brooklyn around 5.35pm

The majority of those injured were treated by the FDNY in the airport terminal, officials say

The majority of those injured were treated by the FDNY in the airport terminal, officials say

The Turkish Airlines Flight 1 reportedly encountered the turbulence about 45 minutes before landing at JFK.

The Boeing 777 had taken off from Istanbul with 326 passengers and 21 crew members.  

The National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center had warned pilots of severe turbulence over New England on Saturday evening.  

The incident comes just hours after neighboring Newark Airport was forced to close all of its runways after a flight from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale made an emergency landing due to smoke in the cargo hold.  

The National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center warned pilots of severe turbulence over New England on Saturday evening. The map above shows a triangle of rough air above where the Turkish Airlines flight reportedly experienced turbulence 45 minutes before landing

The National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center warned pilots of severe turbulence over New England on Saturday evening. The map above shows a triangle of rough air above where the Turkish Airlines flight reportedly experienced turbulence 45 minutes before landing

The New York City Fire Department tweeted about the incident on Saturday evening, reporting that all of the wounded, two of whom are children, had sustained non-life-threatening injuries

The New York City Fire Department tweeted about the incident on Saturday evening, reporting that all of the wounded, two of whom are children, had sustained non-life-threatening injuries 

Several FDNY vehicles were seen outside the airport terminal as the wounded were treated

Several FDNY vehicles were seen outside the airport terminal as the wounded were treated

The Boeing 777 took off from Istanbul with 326 passengers and 21 crew members (file photo)

The Boeing 777 took off from Istanbul with 326 passengers and 21 crew members (file photo)

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