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Dozens hurt on turbulent flight to NYC

Dozens of people on a Turkish Airlines flight suffered minor injuries on Saturday after the plane encountered severe turbulence en route to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) said on social media that at least 29 people suffered bumps, bruises and cuts when the plane encountered severe turbulence about 45 minutes before landing. 

#FDNY confirms total patients treated at JFK Airport following a turbulent flight have been downgraded to 29 non-life-threatening injuries. FDNY continues to operate on scene.

— FDNY (@FDNY) March 10, 2019

#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.

— FDNY (@FDNY) March 10, 2019 

Those injured included crew members and passengers.

All of those injured were taken to area hospitals for treatment, USA Today reported.

The newspaper reported that the Turkish Airlines incident came the same day that a flight headed from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., made an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport because of smoke on the plane.

Crews did not find a fire, and the cause of the smoke is still under investigation. Two passengers suffered injuries unrelated to the smoke, USA Today reported.


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