Turkish Airlines Flight 001, carrying 326 passengers and 18 crew members, traveling from Istanbul, hit a turbulence about 45 minutes before landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday.
The crew declared an emergency while the Boeing 777 was still in the air, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane landed safely. 29 people suffered bumps, bruises, cuts and even a broken leg. The patient with the broken leg was a woman, flight attendant. A dozen ambulances were waiting at Terminal 1. Most of the injured passengers were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens. „I see people start flying on the plane. Then seeing blood all over,” a passenger remembered. „Just because the drop was so sudden, a lot of people got lifted up and hit their head either on the ceiling or on the side of the plane, and so there were a lot of injuries pretty quickly,” another said.
In all but the most extreme cases, turbulence is not a danger to the safety of the flight, rather more of an uncomfortable inconvenience . Pilots can avoid turbulences only sometimes. On some days, turbulence is prevalent at all levels and is impossible to avoid. Severe turbulences can produce large, abrupt changes in altitude.