JetBlue turbulence puts 24 in hospital

Posted at 6:41 AM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 06:41:00-04

At least 22 customers and two crew members have been taken to a hospital for evaluation after a JetBlue flight experienced rough turbulence, according to Katherine McMillan, an airline spokeswoman.

“It was like a dream, people were flying out of their seatbelts and hitting their head on the ceiling, it was very scary,” passenger Rhonda Renee said. 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.

“There was a frontal boundary moving across the central plains that caused bad weather conditions in that region at the time of the turbulence,” said CNN weather producer Michael Guy.

JetBlue has sent a replacement aircraft to Rapid City to take the remaining passengers to Sacramento, the airline said in a statement.