Get All Access for $5/mo

8 People Hospitalized on JetBlue Flight Headed to Florida Due to Turbulence The turbulent conditions occurred near Jamaica on a flight coming from Ecuador.

By Emily Rella

On Monday, a JetBlue flight leaving Guayaquil, Ecuador headed for Fort Lauderdale hit severe conditions — so bad that the plane was taken out of service.

Seven passengers and one crew member were taken to the hospital for treatment upon landing after the flight encountered a horrifying level of turbulence in the sky as the plane flew near Jamaica.

RELATED: 'What An Insane Experience': Passengers Faint, Get Sick After Plane Cabin Temps Reach 111-Degrees on Tarmac

"JetBlue will work to support our customers and crewmembers," a JetBlue spokesperson told Reuters. "The aircraft for this flight has been taken out of service for inspection."

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. It is unclear what caused the turbulent conditions.

One user on X shared a screenshot of inclement weather patterns over the area at the time when the incident allegedly occurred.

According to FlightAware, JetBlue flight 1256 to Fort Lauderdale landed at 5:24 a.m. on Monday morning.

Turbulent conditions have been wreaking havoc on the airline industry and it does not appear to be getting better. A study from researchers at the University of Reading in England found "that turbulence in the North Atlantic jet stream increased in frequency by 17 to 55 percent from 1979 to 2020," according to Scientific American.

Last month, 11 passengers were injured on a Delta Airlines flight due to "severe turbulence" on the way to Atlanta just 40 miles away from landing.

Related: Dangerous Plane Incidents Are Skyrocketing. I'd Know—I Just Went Through 3 in 1 Day

JetBlue did not immediately respond to Entrepreneur's request for comment.

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Side Hustle

'The Work Just Fills My Soul': She Turned Her Creative Side Hustle Into a 6-Figure 'Dream' Business

Kayla Valerio, owner of vivid hair salon Haus of Color, transformed her passion into a lucrative venture.


6 Cost-Effective Ways to Acquire Brand Ambassadors

Boost your brand's visibility and credibility with budget-friendly strategies for acquiring brand ambassadors.

Making a Change

Mastering Resilience: Learn to Detach Mistakes from Your Self-Worth with Darrell Vesterfelt

A moment of crisis led to his partners asking him to step away from one of the businesses that he co-founded


Remove Unwanted Files from Your Work Mac Fast with This $32 Lifetime License

MacCleanse can help you safely and securely clean up your computer.

Growing a Business

This Nurse-Turned-Entrepreneur Saw the Needs of Underserved Communities Firsthand. Now, His Company Uses AI to Help Them.

Kwamane Liddell, the innovative founder behind ThriveLink, shares his entrepreneurial journey.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.