On September 25, a JetBlue flight headed for Florida encountered severe turbulence, resulting in eight individuals being injured and subsequently transported to a hospital. JetBlue Flight 1256 was en route from Guayaquil, Ecuador, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when this turbulent incident occurred prior to landing. After safely landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, seven passengers and one crew member were taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation and treatment. The full extent of their injuries remains uncertain, according to media reports. A spokesperson from JetBlue reportedly stated that the company will provide assistance to both passengers and crew members affected, and the aircraft used for this flight has been taken out of service for inspection.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) initiated an investigation into the incident on Monday afternoon.
The turbulence occurred during the cruise flight near Jamaica while en route from Guayaquil to Fort Lauderdale.
This is not an isolated incident of such kind. There have been other recent incidents this year involving injuries resulting from severe turbulence on flights.
A Delta flight approaching Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport experienced severe turbulence, sending 11 individuals to the hospital nearly a month ago.
In March, one person was killed when a Bombardier CL30 jet encountered severe turbulence on a flight from New Hampshire to Virginia. The incident necessitated a diversion to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.
Another March incident involved multiple hospitalisations after a Lufthansa flight from Austin to Frankfurt, Germany, experienced turbulence and made an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
Approximately 20 passengers and crew members on a Condor flight from Frankfurt to Mauritius were injured due to turbulence in March.
In April last year, a JetBlue aircraft made many attempts to land at John F Kennedy airport in New York unsuccessfully due to bad weather.
A video took social media by storm showing some chaotic scenes from inside the flight where passengers were seen begging to deboard the flight.