24 hospitalized after JetBlue flight from Boston to Sacramento hits turbulence

JetBlue airplanes at their gates at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A JetBlue flight from Boston to Sacramento hit severe turbulence Thursday evening, causing injuries to 22 passengers and two crew members and forcing the Airbus 320 aircraft to land in Rapid City, South Dakota.

A spokesperson for Rapid City Regional Hospital said 24 people from JetBlue Flight 429 were treated and released, all with minor injuries.

"It was almost like a bang, like we hit a wall and just dropped straight down," passenger Casey Corcoran of Milton, Massachusetts, told Boston ABC affiliate WCVB. "There was stuff in the aisles, you had people crying."

A JetBlue flight was diverted to western South Dakota after turbulence left more than 20 passengers and crew members injured.


Corcoran, who was travelling with his two children, ages 5 and 7, said he saw passengers with cuts and neck injuries. There was also damage to the inside of the plane, including cracks in the overhead bins, he said.

"The flight diverted to Rapid City, South Dakota, and arrived safely at the gate at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time," JetBlue said in a statement. "JetBlue care team members are being sent to assist injured customers, and a replacement aircraft is en route to Rapid City for customers continuing on to Sacramento."
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