At least 22 passengers and two crew members were injured today when a JetBlue flight experienced turbulence with many hitting their head on the ceiling, US media reports said.
Twenty-four people were taken to a hospital for evaluation after Flight 429, from Boston to Sacramento, California, experienced rough turbulence, airline spokeswoman Katherine McMillan said.
“It was like a dream, people were flying out of their seat-belts and hitting their head on the ceiling, it was very scary,” an international TV channel quoted a passenger Rhonda Renee as saying.
A flight attendant was assisted off the plane by medical personnel. The flight was en-route from Boston to Sacramento, and had to be diverted to Rapid City, South Dakota. It’s believed that weather played a role in creating the bumpy flying conditions.
All were treated for minor injuries and had been released by early Friday, Rapid City Regional Hospital told a channel. JetBlue has sent a replacement aircraft to Rapid City to take the remaining passengers to Sacramento, the airline said in a statement.