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24 JetBlue Passengers Hospitalized After Heavy Turbulence

All were treated for minor injuries and had been released by early Friday

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    Twenty-four people were taken to the hospital after turbulence forced a JetBlue flight to make an unexpected landing. (Published Friday, Aug. 12, 2016)

    Twenty-four people were taken to the hospital after turbulence forced a JetBlue flight to make an unexpected landing.

    The airline said Flight 429 experienced bad weather while en route from Boston to Sacramento on Thursday evening and diverted to Rapid City, South Dakota.

    JetBlue said 22 passengers and two crew members were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

    All were treated for minor injuries and had been released by early Friday, Rapid City Regional Hospital told NBC News.

    Victor Rosales, who was on flight 429, said to NBC, "I was looking up when it happened and I saw stuff fly everywhere. I didn't see much else. The pilots did an excellent job getting safely out of there and to South Dakota."

    He added, "The fire dept and volunteer fire dept were here waiting for us to tend to any injuries. The staff handed out blankets, water and snacks."

    A replacement aircraft was en route to help the remaining passengers continue on to Sacramento, the airline added in a statement.


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