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Published on : Saturday, August 13, 2016
Volatile turbulence in mid-flight of a JetBlue aircraft caused at least 22 passengers and two crew members to be taken to a hospital for evaluation Thursday evening, a spokeswoman for the airline said.
The turbulence was so severe that a passenger, Derek Lindahl, said a woman sitting in front of him rose two feet into the air in the cabin at one point because she wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
JetBlue Flight 429 was headed from Boston to Sacramento, but had to be diverted to Rapid City, South Dakota, at about 6:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET), spokeswoman Katherine McMillan said.
Rhonda Renee, another passenger, said the turbulence was like a bad dream.
“People were flying out of their seat belts and hitting their head on the ceiling; it was very scary,” Renee said. A flight attendant was assisted off the plane by medical personnel.
Eileen Lynch, a passenger and emergency room nurse who helped injured people aboard the flight, likened the experience to sitting in the “Tower of Terror,” a popular, albeit frightening, ride at several Disney amusement parks.
It’s believed by the weathermen and other experts that inclement weather played a major role in creating the bumpy flying conditions.