Turbulence injures 30 people on flight from Istanbul to New York

One flight attendant broke a leg as a Turkish Airlines plane was buffeted by turbulence. Chandan Khanna AFP

One flight attendant broke a leg as a Turkish Airlines plane was buffeted by turbulence. Chandan Khanna AFP

There were 329 people on board, including 21 crew members, according to Steve Coleman, a spokesman with the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey.

One had a broken leg and others suffered bumps, bruises and cuts.

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Almost 30 people are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries after their flight was hit with strong turbulence prior to landing in NY.

"Nobody announced it or anything like that so we figured out something was wrong", Sead Nikaj, a passenger on the plane, told 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".

The Port Authority said that 29 people were hurt, but those injuries were not life-threatening.

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The Boeing 777 had taken off from Istanbul with 326 passengers and 21 crew members.

Turkish Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

They said at least two dozen passengers and crew suffered various injuries.

The National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center had warned pilots of severe turbulence over New England on Saturday evening.

Earlier in the day, a plane operated by Canada's Air Transat made an emergency landing at another NY area airport - in Newark, New Jersey - after smoke was detected in the cargo hold, the company said.

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