Update (6:35 a.m.): The JetBlue flight has landed in Sacramento with the passengers who were stranded overnight in Rapid City.
24 passengers injured in the flight were treated and released from a Rapid City hospital before another JetBlue plane landed at the airport.
Update (3:30 a.m.): All passengers were treated for minor injures and have now been discharged according to a Rapid City Regional Health spokesperson. A passenger tells KELOLAND News a replacement flight to Sacramento, CA is boarding in Rapid City.
Nearly two dozen passengers were taken to the hospital after a flight from Boston to Sacramento hit turbulence and was diverted to make an emergency landing in western South Dakota.
According to a statement from JetBlue, flight 429 landed safely in Rapid City around 7:30 PM (MT) Thursday night.
Approximately 22 passengers and two crew members were taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
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.
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KELOLAND News spoke with passenger Christopher De Vries who said there was occasional turbulence and then all of a sudden the fasten seatbelt sign came on.
“Suddenly the plane dropped and anything not fastened down flew into the air, including laptops,” De Vries said. “Soda was sprayed on the ceiling. Then two flight attendants asked if a doctor was on board.”
He said a third flight attendant was injured “pretty badly.”
“The cabin was pretty messy from everything flying around and a ceiling panel was knocked out of place from someone having been thrown into it,” De Vries said.
The FAA is investigating the event.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Hannah Olsen, Michael Geheren and Dan Santella contributed to this report.