JetBlue Flight's Mechanical Issue Turns Plane Into Flying Sick Room

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]

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  1. Blueskylaw says:

    Jet Blue has nothing on the tilt-a-whirl.

  2. BMR777 says:

    Pilot to co-pilot: I can’t see the runway because you just barfed all over the cockpit window and I can’t bring us in on instruments because you barfed all over that panel too!

  3. eccsame says:

    The women in the audience screamed. Bossman Bob Cormier took one look at Bill Travis and barfed on Principal Wiggins, who barfed on the lumberjack that was sitting next to him. Mayor Grundy barfed on his wife’s tits. But when the smell hit the crowd, that’s when Lardass’ plan really started to work. Girlfriends barfed on boyfriends. Kids barfed on their parents. A fat lady barfed in her purse. The Donnelley twins barfed on each other, and the Women’s Auxiliary barfed all over the Benevolent Order of Antelopes.

  4. Torgonius wants an edit button says:

    What are ‘step turns’?

    • humphrmi says:

      Yeah, I wondered about that too. Having both worked for the airlines and having lived near Lake Union in Seattle where lots of seaplanes take off and land, I only remember the term being applied to seaplanes positioning to take off. Maybe that was their problem, they were on a seaplane.

    • dangerp says:

      In my mind they look something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHUzQxbODVM

    • nugatory says:

      with it being a hydraulic problem, I’d say instead of nice smooth turns, the plane made sharp movements. Like trying to play a car driving video game with the digital buttons, instead of the analog stick.

  5. Blackadar says:

    Aw, this is nothing! You should’ve been with us five, six months ago! Whoa! You talk about puke! We ran into a hailstorm over the Sea of Japan. Everybody’s retching their guts out! The pilot shot his lunch all over the windshield, and I barfed on the radio! Shorted it out completely! And it wasn’t that lightweight stuff either, it was that chunky industrial weight puke!

  6. powdered beefmeat says:

    Jet Blu-Chunks, (Juvenile, yes but I couldn’t resist it)

  7. sirwired says:

    Sounds like the rudder controls went bonkers. All sorts of nauseous turns is exactly what a busted rudder causes. (It’s called an “uncoordinated turn”.) On the ground, the rudder also steers the nose gear, so that explains why they had to tow the plane.

  8. dangerp says:

    “declared an emergency due to the loss of yellow hydraulics”

    Quick! Everyone to the lavatories!

  9. CrazyEyed says:

    I know someone who is on this flight. I’ll have to show them this article and ask them if they got sick.

  10. bhurt544 says:

    “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.”

    This is mentioned as if there was something wrong with it. The attendant should be commended for trying to calm passengers in what was surely a distressing situation even for her.

  11. centurion says:

    Did the passengers have to pay an emergency landing surcharge?

  12. SJ says:

    Lucky to be alive. Hydraulic failures on airplanes usually end in disaster.

  13. Cerne says:

    Seems like the pilot and crew of this plane were pretty damn great.

  14. Coles_Law says:

    In case anyone is curious on what “Yellow Hydraulics” means: http://www.chipsplace.com/helpful/Airbus/Hydraulics.htm

  15. aja175 says:

    There are multiple redundant hydraulic systems on commercial planes. What could have happened that all of them went out?

  16. merkidemis says:

    Kudos to the pilot for landing the thing. I for one would prefer vomiting to plummeting into the ground a a few hundred miles per hour. hydraulics problems on aircraft are no joke.

  17. smo0 says:

    This is horrifying…. on so many levels.
    1. I live in Las Vegas
    2. Everything else….

  18. xredgambit says:

    But the worst thing I ever done – I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa – and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life.

  19. Chairman-Meow says:

    If the Hydraulics were acting bonky, this likely means the yaw dampers were not doing their job.

    Couple this with circling over the desert @ lower altitudes will cause a pretty bumpy ride. If the yaw dampers were offline (likely they were if they had 2 systems down) then the plane is going to lurch around as well as bounce up n’ down.

    In other words – you’re going to ride in the vomit comet while the crew goes through their DASH checklists & burns-off fuel.

    • guspaz says:

      At least in the real vomit comet. you get to experience long stretches of microgravity, something many people never have the opportunity to experience in their lifetime… Getting bounced around a lot is much less precious of an experience.