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2 Planes Have Rough Rides, Injuring 31

Passenger flights land due to turbulence and smoke
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2019 1:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Saturday wasn't a great day for flying—at least not for planes in two northeastern states, USA Today reports. Turbulence was so bad on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Kennedy Airport in New York that a flight attendant broke a leg and 29 people were treated with non-life-threatening injuries like cuts, bumps, and bruises. The turbulence struck about 45 minutes before landing: "There was like one or two seconds when it was subtle, but then it really started to pick up," passenger Amir Mehrbakhsh tells ABC News. "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."

And not all the pain was physical: "There was this one guy ... and he was frantically screaming," says Mehrbakhsh. "I think he was like doing a religious chant. I kept hearing him say 'Jesus,' like he was visibly distraught." Most passengers were treated at JFK, but about 10 went to hospital. Earlier that day, an Air Transat Flight from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was forced to land at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey due to smoke on board. The 189 passengers were evacuated via emergency chutes and two suffered injuries unrelated to the smoke, one experiencing pain from the chute and another having a panic attack, per NorthJersey.com. Officials found no fire and are investigating what caused the smoke. (Read more emergency landing stories.)

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