A JetBlue A320 takes off.
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Twenty-four people—including 22 passengers and two crew—were sent to the hospital Thursday after a JetBlue plane encountered strong turbulence on a flight originally headed from Boston to Sacramento.

Flight 429 diverted to Rapid City, South Dakota, and landed at around 7:30 p.m. local time, according to FlightAware.

Weather conditions over the central plains likely contributed to the turbulence.

“People were flying out of their seat belts and hitting their head on the ceiling,” passenger Rhonda Renee told CNN. “It was very scary.”

Another passenger, Derek Lindahl, tweeted that he grabbed the passenger in front of him out of the air to hold her to her seat.

Lindahl also tweeted that a flight attendant who had been standing in the galley hit her on the ceiling—so strongly the ceiling panel was dislodged.

JetBlue said in a statement that a team was dispatched to Rapid City to assist the injured.

The rest of the passengers stayed at the airport until JetBlue was able to send another aircraft to get them on their way.