Up to 32 plane passengers have been forced to have treatment after an emergency landing at JFK aiport.
A Turkish Airlines Flight declared an emergency after reporting that several passengers were injured due to ‘extreme turbulence.’
The Boeing 777 flight landed safely at 5:35pm with emergency services rushing to the scene to tend to the injured. One member of the flight crew is said to have suffered a broken leg.
Passengers told News 4 New York, of injuries ranging from bloody noses tobroken bones.
One passenger was in the bathroom when the plane dropped and was still crying from the pain hours after the flight.
He managed to get out of the bathroom to find his pregnant wife vomiting from the sudden jolt.
Video from the scene shows the scale of the rescue response.
The New York Fire Department: “FDNY is currently treating 32 passengers with non-life-threatening injuries at JFK airport.
“FDNY EMS is working with Port Authority on scene, and the situation is developing.”
The flight took off from Istanbul and was scheduled to land at JFK. It was carrying 326 passengers with 21 crew members.
Many of the injuries have been described as bumps and bruises, though the full extent of all the injuries is not clear.
An FAA statement read: “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.”
The National Weather Service’s Aviation Weather Center had issued advisories for parts of the east coast of America Saturday evening, warning pilots of severe turbulence.
According to Storm Team 4, flight data shows the plane flew directly through the area.
Air-traffic control recordings from LiveATC show the crew’s urgent requests to descend due to “severe turbulence.”
Later they advised controllers that they had one injured crew member with possibly broken legs and would need medical assistance on landing.