AviationAir Canada flight forced to divert to Honolulu to treat injured crew and passengers.

Dozens hurt as plane hits turbulence

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Passengers told reporters the turbulence had tossed people into the air, some hitting the ceiling. Photo Credit: diy13/GettyImages

Thirty-seven passengers sustained minor injuries, another nine had serious injuries, emergency responders said. Officials said the injured ranged from children to seniors and included some flight crew members.

Dozens of people were injured – some seriously - when an Air Canada flight to Australia encountered severe turbulence, forcing it to land in Hawaii.

The flight from Toronto to Sydney encountered “unforecasted and sudden turbulence” and diverted to Honolulu, according to an Air Canada spokeswoman.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200 with 269 passengers and 15 crew on board, was met by medical personnel on arrival at Honolulu airport on Thursday evening local time.

Thirty-seven passengers sustained minor injuries, another nine had serious injuries, emergency responders said. Officials said the injured ranged from children to seniors and included some flight crew members.

Injuries included cuts, bumps, bruises, neck pain and back pain.

Jim Howe, director of Honolulu’s emergency services department, praised first responders and the plane’s crew for how they handled the emergency.

“I want to say to everyone involved, including the pilots and staff on the plane, congratulations on a job well done,” Howe said.

Passengers told reporters the turbulence had tossed people into the air, some hitting the ceiling. “We hit turbulence and we all hit the roof, and everything fell down, and stuff … people went flying,” Jess Smith told CBC News.


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