The Airbus 320 aircraft hit severe turbulence on Thursday evening that caused injuries to 22 passengers and two crew members. The plane was diverted to Rapid City, South Dakota.
A spokesperson for Rapid City Regional Hospital told ABC that 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, said. “There was stuff in the aisles, you had people crying.”
Corcoran, who was traveling 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.”