At least 22 injured after United Airlines plane makes emergency landing in New York after 'extreme turbulence'

A United Airlines Dreamliner (file image) (Reuters)
A United Airlines Dreamliner (file image) (Reuters)

Twenty-two people were injured when a large passenger plane needed to make an emergency landing in New York State after "extreme turbulence".

The United Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner from Tel Aviv in Israel was heading for Newark Airport on Friday but was forced to touch down 70 miles away at New York Stewart International Airport.

The plane is said to have encountered high winds which led to customers complaining of nausea and chest pains in the turbulence.

Upon landing, seven passengers were rushed to hospital and another 15 were treated on site for injuries, the Sun reported on Saturday. There were 312 on board.

United Airlines said: "On Friday, United flight 85 landed at Stewart International Airport (SWF) after reported high winds at Newark.

"One passenger deplaned due to a medical incident, and a few other customers were seen by medical personnel for possible motion sickness.

"The flight refuelled and continued to Newark."

The plane, which was delayed leaving Israel, encountered the winds at about 6.30pm and an investigation into the incident is set to follow on.