Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Turkish Airlines, Boeing 777-300, TC-JJG: Accident occurred March 09, 2019 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (KJFK), New York, New York

NTSB Identification: DCA19CA109
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 129: Foreign operation of Turkish Airlines
Accident occurred Saturday, March 09, 2019 in New York, NY
Aircraft: BOEING 777, registration: TC-JJG

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

NEW YORK — Severe turbulence tossed terrified passengers and crew around a Turkish Airlines plane cabin as it passed over Maine on Saturday, March 9th, with 30 people suffering bumps, bruises, cuts, and a broken leg before the flight landed safely at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.

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.

Spokesman Steve Coleman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that 28 people were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens after the plane touched down at 5:35 p.m. Two went to Queens Hospital Medical Center. A flight attendant suffered a broken leg, Coleman said.

Turkish Airlines Flight 1 hit the turbulence about 45 minutes before landing at JFK, Coleman said. The crew declared an emergency while the Boeing 777 was still in the air, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

"Nobody announced it or anything like that so we figured out something was wrong," passenger Sead Nikaj told ABC News. "Then I see people start flying on the plane. Then seeing blood all over. I had one of the ladies next to me, she really fell down from her seat on the floor and all her back was completely bloody, while someone that was working in the airplane, she cracked her leg I think completely."

Passenger Amir Mehrbakhsh said he saw one man frantically screaming. "I think he was like doing a religious chant. I kept hearing him say ‘Jesus,’ like he was visibly distraught."

"There was like one or two seconds when it was subtle, but then it really started to pick up," Mehrbakhsh said. ". . . 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."

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

Turkish Airlines officials in a statement early Sunday confirmed the flight carrying 326 passengers and 18 crew members "encountered an unusual turbulence about 40 minutes before landing’’ in New York. The airline said it is "deeply saddened by this unfortunate experience, and closely monitors the health status of injured passengers, and is making resources available to them."

It was the second mishap on Saturday involving a plane in the New York metropolitan area.

Earlier in the day, Newark Liberty International Airport temporarily closed its runways after a flight from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale made an emergency landing with smoke in its cargo hold.

The National Weather Service had issued advisories on Saturday warning pilots of expected turbulence.

Original article can be found here ➤

A Turkish Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence on approach to JFK Airport March 9th, and dozens were injured, the Port Authority and FDNY said.

The airline said 28 passengers and two crew members were injured. Of those, 18 passengers were brought to hospitals and 10 of them remained hospitalized on Sunday. 

The injuries were not life-threatening, the FDNY said.

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.

Passengers who suffered through the flight described a range of wounds to News 4 New York, including bloody noses and possibly some broken bones.

One passenger, who was in the bathroom when the plane dropped, was still crying from the pain hours after the flight. He told News 4 he managed to get out of the bathroom to find his pregnant wife vomiting from the sudden jolt. 

The plane, a Boeing 777 flight from Istanbul, had 326 passengers and 18 crew, the airline said. As the plane landed, officials offered varying numbers of injured passengers, ranging from 25 to 32. 

Turkish Airlines said in a statement that it was "deeply saddened by this unfortunate experience, and is closely monitoring the health status of injured passengers and making resources available to them."

The National Weather Service’s Aviation Weather Center had issued advisories over New England for Saturday evening, warning pilots of severe turbulence. According to Storm Team 4, flight data shows the plane flew directly through the area.

Other pilots had noted turbulence as well, and as of Saturday night pilots at Newark Airport were warning passengers to prepare for turbulence on flights about to depart. 

The incident comes just hours after that airport was forced to close all of its runways, after a flight from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale had to make an emergency landing.

In that case it was smoke in the cargo hold, rather than atmospheric conditions, that was to blame. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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