The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced on Tuesday that it has launched an investigation into an incident of severe turbulence on a JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) flight. Eight individuals were hospitalized due to apparent injuries resulting from the turbulence. The incident took place on September 25 aboard JetBlue Flight 1256, which was traveling from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, passing near Jamaica.
JetBlue (JBLU) confirmed that seven passengers and one crew member received medical attention and were transported to the hospital upon landing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also conducting its own investigation into the incident.
Officials have grounded the Airbus A320 aircraft involved in the turbulence incident for inspection.
Impact on JetBlue Airways (JBLU)
Investors are now closely monitoring JetBlue Airways (JBLU) in relation to its potential acquisition of Spirit Airlines (SAVE). JetBlue recently announced plans to transfer all Spirit Airlines holdings at Boston and Newark airports to Allegiant Travel (ALGT), as well as surrender five gates and ground facilities at Fort Lauderdale’s airport to promote the growth of ultra-low-cost carriers. In June, JetBlue announced its intention to divest all of Spirit Airlines’ holdings at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Frontier (ULCC).