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United Airlines Boeing 787 is forced to make emergency landing at upstate NY airport after ‘extreme turbulence’ injured 22 passengers

  • A United Airlines flight bound for Newark made an emergency landing at New York Stewart International Airport on Friday
  • Boeing 787 flight was diverted due to ‘extreme turbulence’
  • Seven passengers were taken to hospital and 15 were treated at the scene for their injuries

A United Airlines Boeing 787 flight had to make an emergency landing at an airport in Upstate New York after “extreme turbulence” injured passengers on board.

The Newark-bound flight from Tel Aviv was diverted to New York Stewart International Airport on Friday due to reported “extreme turbulence.”

There were 312 passengers on board the Boeing 787, seven of whom were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

According to New Windsor EMS, another 15 passengers were treated at the scene for injuries sustained during the flight.

Sources have reported that ‘strong winds’ were the cause of the extreme turbulence that led to the emergency landing.

A United Airlines Boeing 787 was forced to make an emergency landing at an Upstate New York airport after ‘extreme turbulence’ injured many passengers on board

New Windsor EMS said the United Airlines flight from Tel Aviv was approaching Newark when it experienced high winds around 6:30 p.m., according to News 12 Westchester.

Passengers on board reportedly complained of nausea and some said they had chest pains due to the turbulence. No serious injuries were reported.

An FAA statement said: “United Airlines Flight 85 landed safely at New York Stewart International Airport around 6:45 PM local time on Friday, March 29, after the crew reported a passenger medical emergency.

‘The Boeing 787 took off from Tel Aviv and was en route to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The FAA will investigate. Please contact the airline for more information.’

This is a developing story. Check back later for more information.