A JetBlue plane was forced to make an unexpected landing Thursday evening after 22 passengers and two crew members were injured during turbulence.
Flight 429, from Boston to Sacramento, landed in Rapid City, South Dakota shortly before 7:30 p.m. local time.
Passengers including children hit their heads against the cabin roof and others were violently thrown from their seats when a JetBlue plane hit such severe turbulence, it plunged '50 stories like an out of control elevator'. Horrified passengers say they saw people 'floating' and 'bouncing' around and hitting the cabin so hard, they left dents in the roof and overhead compartments.
The airline says the injured were transported to a hospital for evaluation.
JetBlue reports it sent personnel to assist the injured, and a replacement aircraft was flown to Rapid City to take the rest of the passengers on to Sacramento.
Thank God they made it out alive!