Dozens hurt as plane encounters heavy turbulence on flight to US

Turbulance injures at least 25 on flight into New York

Airport officials told News 12 that Turkish Air Flight 001 from Istanbul, Turkey, encountered the turbulence while approaching JFK Airport.

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

Flight TK01 encountered "unusual turbulence" about 40 minutes before landing at the airport, the airline said.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey says Turkish Air flight 1 was travelling from Istanbul to NY when it encountered intense turbulence mid-flight and declared an emergency. "I see she is on the floor", said Emdadul Haque who was a passenger on the plane.

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The plane was carrying more than 300 passengers and crew members.

Another passenger Sead Nikaj, told the network "nobody announced it or anything like that so we figured out something was wrong".

Dozens of ambulances lined up in front of a terminal to quickly treat the injured coming off the flight that left Istanbul for the 10-hour trip.

"Then seeing blood all over".

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A New York Fire Department spokesman said they dealt with "32 passengers with non-life threatening injuries at JFK". According to passengers, the aircraft made a sudden drop that caused a mass number of injuries to take place.

The National Weather Service had issued advisories Saturday warning pilots of expected turbulence in New England. One had a broken leg.

According to Storm Team A flight data, the plane flew directly in its approach to NY without making any deviations.

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