Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

A Turkish Airlines flight makes emergency landing at JFK: FAA

A Turkish Airlines flight makes emergency landing at JFK: FAA

NEW YORK- More than two dozen people were injured and at least 10 were taken to a hospital after a Turkish Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence on its approach to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, officials said.

The passengers' injuries were not life-threatening, with a lot of them described as bumps, cuts and bruises, according to local authorities.

Both crew members and passengers were among those hurt, Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said.

The flight was on a Boeing 777. "Then I see people start flying on the plane".

A flight attendant suffered a broken leg, Mr Coleman said. "I think he was like doing a religious chant".

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Earlier in the day, a plane operated by Canada's Air Transat made an emergency landing at another NY area airport - in Newark, New Jersey - after smoke was detected in the cargo hold, the company said.

The Port Authority spokesman says other airport operations were not affected.

The US National Weather Service had issued advisories on Saturday warning pilots of expected turbulence.

The incident comes just hours after neighboring Newark Airport was forced to close all of its runways after a flight from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale made an emergency landing due to smoke in the cargo hold.

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