Air Canada flight makes emergency landing with 35 people injured

Galtero Lara
Julio 11, 2019

An Air Canada flight bound for Australia that left Vancouver early Thursday made an unscheduled landing in Honolulu after turbulence injured several passengers. The plane landed at the Daniel K. Inouye International airport, according to the airport duty manager.

Flight 33 was travelling from Toronto to Sydney, with a pit stop in between.

It was over the Pacific Ocean when the plane experienced what an Air Canada spokesperson described as "un-forecasted and sudden turbulence".

The flight was about two hours past Hawaii when the incident happened, and the pilots turned back to make an emergency landing at Honolulu airport.

Numerous people received head and neck injuries, CTV News reported, citing a source.

Numerous people hurt have head and neck injuries. The severity of the injuries are not known at this time.

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About 35 customers are believed to have sustained injuries, which Air Canada said were minor.

The plane was a Boeing 777 with 269 passengers and 15 crew members.

The airline says it is arranging hotel accommodations and meals for passengers in Honolulu as well as options for resumption of the flight.

A spokesperson for the airline said the injuries were considered minor, but that medical personnel were examining the passengers.

"We hit turbulence and we all hit the roof and everything fell down, and stuff... people went flying", passenger Jess Smith told CBC News.

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