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30 injured as turbulence hits Turkish Airlines flight to New York

30 people have suffered injuries as the Turkish Airlines passenger flight traveling from Istanbul to New York was hit by severe turbulence on 9th of March 9 as it approached its destination.

The Boeing 777, had 326 passengers and 21 crew on board. It was over the Atlantic Ocean, about 45 minutes from landing when it struck the turbulence.

The Turkish Airlines in a statement 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 experienced turbulence”.

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Official statement further stated that 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.

The injured were taken from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport to local hospitals, mainly for treatment of bumps, cuts, and bruises. Among 28 passengers, who were referred to the hospital, 18 were discharged after their treatment, and 10 of passengers are still under control, another statement added.

Saman Siddiqui

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