Twenty-nine passengers are being treated for injuries sustained during major turbulence on a Turkish Airlines flight en route to John F Kennedy International Airport, authorities say.
Turkish Airlines confirmed that its TK01 Istanbul-New York Flight encountered unusual turbulence.
The 10 passengers sent to a local hospital included a child and one with a possible broken leg, he said.
The plane was rocked by severe turbulence and caused passengers to be thrown from their seats. "I see she is on the floor", said Emdadul Haque who was a passenger on the plane.
The Boeing 777 had taken off from Istanbul with 326 passengers and 21 crew members.
"Nobody announced it or anything like that so we figured out something was wrong", Sead Nikaj, a passenger on the plane, told ABC News.
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The National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center had issued warnings for pilots flying over parts of America's east coast.
"Then seeing blood all over".
Turkish Airlines flies to 304 destinations and 122 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, making it the largest carrier in the world by number of passenger destinations, according to the airline.
It was the second incident at a major New York-area airport on Saturday.
Earlier Saturday, Newark Airport temporarily closed its runways after a flight from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale made an emergency landing with smoke in its cargo hold.