March 10, 2019
Some passengers on a Turkish Airlines flight from Sweden to Istanbul offered support to a university student who refused to take a seat until an Afghan man being deported was removed from the plane, while other passengers complained. Fabrice COFFRINI (AFP/File)
Thirty passengers aboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York were injured Saturday after the plane hit severe turbulence before landing safely.
Injured passengers suffered mainly for bumps, cuts, and bruises and were taken from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport to local hospitals for medical attention.
A spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the area’s airports, bus terminals, bridges and tunnels, said that one flight attendant suffered a broken leg.
The Boeing 777 — which had 326 passengers and 21 crew on board — was about 45 minutes out from the Big Apple over the Atlantic Ocean when it hit turbulence.
The incident had no impact on JFK Airport operations.
There was no immediate comment from Turkish Airlines.
Earlier Saturday, a passenger plane operated by Canada’s Air Transat made an emergency landing at another New York area airport — in Newark, New Jersey — after smoke was detected in the cargo hold, the company said.
The Boeing 737-800, which had 189 passengers on board, was traveling from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. No one was injured in the incident.
(AFP contributed to this report)