Thirty people were injured Saturday afternoon when a Turkish Airlines flight bound for New York City hit severe turbulence, officials said.
Dozens of airline passengers were injured on Saturday (March 10) when their flight from Istanbul to NY encountered heavy turbulence, according to local authorities.
The passengers' injuries were not life-threatening, with majority described as bumps, cuts and bruises, according to local authorities.
The flight was on a Boeing 777.
The 10 passengers sent to a local hospital included a child and one with a possible broken leg, he said.
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Passenger Amir Mehrbakhsh said he saw one man frantically screaming.
Officials reported that 45 minutes before landing, the flight experienced extreme turbulence.
The Port Authority spokesman says other airport operations were not affected. The airline said it is "deeply saddened by this unfortunate experience, and closely monitors the health status of injured passengers, and is making resources available to them".
The National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center had warned pilots of severe turbulence over New England on Saturday evening. New Jersey's Newark airport closed its runways earlier in the day after a cargo plane flying to Florida from Canada was forced to make an emergency landing.