A JetBlue flight heading from Las Vegas to New York was forced to make an emergency landing because of a “mechanical indication” over the weekend, prompting an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration. The problem with the hydraulics was so bad, passengers reported a horrible scene where it seemed like everyone was throwing up because of the plane’s lurching movements.
JetBlue confirmed to ABC News that the captain of declared an emergency landing, and officials cite hydraulic problems.
“People were getting sick. Some people were throwing up. There were a lot of people getting nauseous,” a passenger told the New York Post.
Another said the plane lurched from side to side, and went into step turns, while another said people were becoming sick on board and vomiting from the plane’s motions.
During all of this, a flight attendant apparently walked down the aisle to try to comfort passengers, telling them to look at her smile to see that she wasn’t afraid.
Once it had landed, the aircraft had to be towed to the gate because the front wheels of the plane had become inoperable, according to officials at McCarran Airport.
“On Sunday, June 17, shortly after takeoff, the captain of Flight 194 from Las Vegas to New York’s JFK declared an emergency due to the loss of yellow hydraulics. The flight returned to McCarran Airport, where it landed safely at 7:37 p.m. local,” JetBlue said in a statement. “A replacement aircraft accommodated customers for a 10:13 p.m. local departure, arriving at JFK at 5:59 a.m. ET.
“JetBlue takes all incidences seriously, and the safety of our customers and crewmembers is our No. 1 priority. The actions the crew took in response to this event truly represent who we are and our core value — safety,” the statement read.
JetBlue Flight Forced to Make Emergency Landing in Las Vegas [ABC News]
JetBlue’s ’4 hours of hell’ [New York Post]