The Latest: JetBlue passenger: Turbulence was 'like a movie'

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Latest on a JetBlue flight that hit bad turbulence while travelling from Massachusetts to California, leaving more than 20 people injured and forcing a diversion to Rapid City, South Dakota (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

A woman who was among the 146 passengers on a JetBlue flight that was diverted to South Dakota due to terrible turbulence says the scene inside the aircraft was “like a movie.”

Passenger Rhonda Lynam says the aircraft flying from Boston to Sacramento, California, dropped suddenly as it went through a dark cloud and began rocking Thursday evening. Lynam says people were “thrown around like little rag dolls” in the cabin.

Twenty-two passengers and two crew members were injured and taken to a hospital. All were released by late Friday morning.

Lynam, of Pacific Grove, California, says suitcases fell out of overhead compartments. She says wallets, sunglasses and other items were all over the floor when the aircraft landed.


8:46 a.m.

JetBlue says more than 20 passengers and crew members were injured when turbulence rocked their flight from Massachusetts to California, forcing the aircraft to be diverted to South Dakota.

Flight 429 was travelling from Boston to Sacramento on Thursday with 146 passengers and five crew members on board when it was diverted to Rapid City, where it landed around 7:30 p.m.

JetBlue spokeswoman Sharon Jones says 122 of the passengers have since completed their trip, landing in Sacramento almost 10 hours later.

JetBlue spokesman Doug McGraw says seven customers and two crew members were taken to a rapid City hospital by ambulance; 15 additional customers were taken by bus for further evaluation.

The hospital has not responded Friday morning to a request for information about the passengers’ conditions.


This item has been corrected to show that the plane was carrying 146 passengers, not 145.