People thrown 'like little rag dolls' in JetBlue turbulence

jetBlue sent care team members to assist the injured.

All 22 passengers and two crew members from Flight 429 who were sent to the hospital had minor injuries and have since been discharged, South Dakota's KELO reported.

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

According to a jetBlue spokesperson, flight 429 from Boston to Sacramento, Calif. was diverted to Rapid City Regional Airport, landing at around 7:30 p.m. 29 passengers and crew members were transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital. A replacement flight eventually landed in Sacramento at 4:19 a.m. local time.

"The captain had said that we were going to be hitting [turbulence]". Dr. Alan H. Lee, an orthopedic surgeon, wrote in to the paper to describe the experience, which involved the kind of insane turbulence flight attendants warn you about when they tell you to fasten your seatbelt.

Lynam described how passengers were lifted out of their seats, with several of them being slammed into the ceiling and overhead compartments as the plane dropped violently. "Then you hit the bottom".

According to Lee, the sudden drop in altitude was what caused all of the injuries.

At one point, she described how passengers were "being tossed around like rag dolls".

One passenger, Derek Lindahl, chronicled part of his experience on Twitter, mentioning that a woman in front of him had no seat belt on and was at least two feet off her seat.

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