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Turbulence injures 30 on flight from Istanbul to NY

Turbulence injures 30 on flight from Istanbul to NY

Dozens of airline passengers were injured on Saturday (March 10) when their flight from Istanbul to NY encountered heavy turbulence, according to local authorities.

Earlier, a spokesman for the FDNY said 32 people were injured.

Spokesman Steve Coleman of the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says four passengers were taken to a hospital after the plane landed Saturday at 5:35pm local time.

Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said one injury was a broken leg. Officials said it might have been a flight crew member.

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The plane landed at the airport at 5:35 p.m. ET, about 10 1/2 hours after leaving Istanbul.

According to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the city's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Boeing 777 was en route to NY from Istanbul when the aircraft encountered mid-air turbulence.

Two others were taken to Queens Hospital Medical Center, but most of the other passengers and crew members were treated in a terminal at the airport, Coleman also said.

The National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center had warned pilots of severe turbulence over New England on Saturday evening.


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