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Air turbulence injures 24 people in United States

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 13, 2016, 10:08 am IST
Updated Aug 13, 2016, 10:09 am IST
This photo provided by Rhonda Lynam shows a crew member in a neck brace being removed from a JetBlue aircraft after it landed at the airport in Rapid City. (Photo: AP)
 This photo provided by Rhonda Lynam shows a crew member in a neck brace being removed from a JetBlue aircraft after it landed at the airport in Rapid City. (Photo: AP)

San FranciscoAt least 22 passengers and two crew members were injured on Friday when a JetBlue flight experienced turbulence with many hitting their head on the ceiling, the United States media reports said.

Twenty-four people were taken to a hospital for evaluation after Flight 429, from Boston to Sacramento, California, experienced rough turbulence, airline spokeswoman Katherine McMillan said.

"It was like a dream, people were flying out of their seat-belts and hitting their head on the ceiling, it was very scary," sources quoted a passenger Rhonda Renee as saying.

A flight attendant was assisted off the plane by medical personnel. The flight was en route from Boston to Sacramento, and had to be diverted to Rapid City, South Dakota.

It's believed that weather played a role in creating the bumpy flying conditions.

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

JetBlue has sent a replacement aircraft to Rapid City to take the remaining passengers to Sacramento, the airline said in a statement. 

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