A number of passengers and crew on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York were injured after the plane ran into heavy turbulence on Saturday evening as it approached its destination. Thirty people sustained non-life-threatening injuries before it landed safely, officials said.
“The Boeing 777 type aircraft, which had taken off from Istanbul with 326 passengers and 18 crew members, landed safely at the airport at 5.35 p.m. on March 9, after experiencing turbulence”, the statement issued by Turkish Airlines said.
Turkish Airlines said that 28 passengers on board and 2 cabin staff, who had sustained non-life-threatening injuries, were taken to hospital after the plane landed.
The injured were treated mainly for bumps, cuts and bruises. Among the injured, 18 were discharged and 10 others remain in hospital.
According to spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Steve Cole, one flight attendant suffered a broken leg.
The Boeing 777 which was carrying 326 passengers and 21 crew on board, was over the Atlantic Ocean, about 45 minutes away from landing, when it struck turbulence, Coleman told AFP.