The National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation into a JetBlue flight where eight people were injured during turbulence.
"On Monday, September 25, JetBlue flight 1256 with scheduled service from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, experienced sudden severe turbulence as it neared Florida," JetBlue told FOX Weather.
The NTSB said that the turbulence occurred near Jamaica.
The flight path below shows the plane making jogs left and right just off the island nation. The dotted line is the planned flight, and the green is the actual path.
Flight Aware shows the plane skirting thunderstorms. Very quickly, the plane rose 600 feet and then dropped 400 feet in just a minute or so. Minutes later, the jet rose to a cruising altitude of 36,000 feet, where it stayed level until approaching Fort Lauderdale.
JetBlue tells FOX Weather that seven customers and one inflight crew member were transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. JetBlue has taken the jet out of service pending investigation.
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