30 People Injured After Heavy Turbulence On Flight That Landed At JFK
This week has been a scary one for the aviation industry. 30 people were injured due to heavy turbulence on board a Turkish Airlines flight that flew from Istanbul and landed at JFK Airport.
ABC 7 reports that 28 passengers and two crew members were checked on the scene for non-life threatening injuries. Ten people were also taken to the hospital and some passengers even received a bloody nose after hitting their heads on the ceiling.
Apparently, the horrific turbulence lasted around 6 minutes. Officials say that passengers had bruises, cuts, a broken leg and gashes on their heads. It felt like the plane was going to fall out of the sky.
The FAA released a statement saying,
“Turkish Airlines Flight 1, Boeing 777, landed safely at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 5:35 p.m. after declaring an emergency and reporting that several passengers were injured when the aircraft encountered turbulence. Check with the Port Authority of NY and NJ for information about the number of injuries and medical response to the aircraft after it landed. The flight originated in Istanbul.”
Turkish Airlines also released a statement adding,
“Turkish Airlines confirms that its TK01 Istanbul – New York Flight encountered an unusual turbulence about 40 minutes before landing at New York JFK Airport. The Boeing 777 type aircraft, which had taken off from Istanbul with 326 passengers and 18 crew members, landed safely at the airport at 5.35pm Saturday, after experienced the said turbulence. 28 passengers onboard and 2 cabin staff, who had sustained non-life threatening injuries, were taken to the hospital upon the flight’s landing, for their overall control. Turkish Airlines, the airline whose top priority is safety and passenger well-being, is deeply saddened by this unfortunate experience, and closely monitors the health status of injured passengers, and is making resources available to them.”
Just yesterday we reported that all passengers aboard an Ethiopian airways flight perished after the plane crashed shortly after take off.