At least 30 injured on Turkish Airlines flight to JFK

Turkish Airlines aircrafts are stationed at Ataturk International Airport covered in snow in Istanbul

A Turkish Airlines passenger jet traveling from Istanbul to NY hit severe turbulence on Saturday as it approached its destination, with 30 people suffering injuries before it landed safely, officials said.

"About 45 minutes prior to its landing at JFK, Turkish Airlines Flight 001 hit some severe turbulence", Coleman said.

NBC New York reported those hurt had mostly suffered bumps and bruises, though the full extent of the injuries is not known at this time. The crew declared an emergency while the Boeing 777 was still in the air, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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

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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.

Twenty-five of the passengers were injured on board, said Coleman.Ten passengers were taken to a hospital after the plane landed on Saturday at 5:35 p.m.

The airline didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

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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