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JetBlue Flight 429 Hits Turbulence; 24 Taken to Hospital

Shamar Walters and Erin Dean
JetBlue flight forced to make emergency landing

Twenty-four people were taken to the hospital after turbulence forced a JetBlue flight to make an unexpected landing.

The airline said Flight 429 encountered bad weather while en route from Boston to Sacramento on Thursday evening and diverted to Rapid City, South Dakota.

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It got really rocky, " passenger Victor Rosales told NBC News via Twitter message. "We felt like a giant hand hit the plane … I saw stuff fly everywhere."

JetBlue said 22 passengers and two crew members were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

JetBlue planes sit at gates at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
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All were treated for minor injuries and had been released by early Friday, Rapid City Regional Hospital told NBC News.

A replacement aircraft was en route to help the remaining passengers continue on to Sacramento, the airline added in a statement.

Passenger Christopher De Vries was among those waiting early Friday with his daughters for the new plane. He told NBC News he's glad he's been a "stickler" for reminding them to fasten their seatbelts.

"They would have flown out of their seats had they not been strapped in," he said via Twitter message.