Last updated: 09:47 AM ET, Fri August 12 2016

Extreme Turbulence Causes 24 Injuries on JetBlue Flight

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 12, 2016

Extreme Turbulence Causes 24 Injuries on JetBlue Flight

Photo: JetBlue A321. (Photo courtesy of JetBlue)

On Thursday night, a JetBlue flight was forced to make an emergency landing in South Dakota when the plane experienced extreme turbulence that left 24 people injured.

According to, JetBlue Flight 429 was en route from Boston to Sacramento when the plane encountered bad weather that resulted in heavy turbulence. The pilot of the flight called for an emergency landing at Rapid City Regional Airport in Rapid City, South Dakota.

JetBlue officials announced that 22 passengers and two crew members were injured during the turbulence, and they were transported to a local medical facility for evaluation after the plane landed safely.

All of the passengers and crew members injured were released from the hospital by Friday morning. JetBlue announced that it had a plane en route to South Dakota to transport the uninjured passengers to their destination in Sacramento.

Witnesses on the flight reported that it felt like the plane got hit by a “giant hand” and that they “saw stuff fly everywhere” during the incident. A father onboard also said his daughters would have been thrown out of their seats if he didn’t remind them to fasten their seatbelts.

Twitter user Rhonda Renee shared an image from inside the plane of medical personnel attending to a woman in a neck brace:


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