At least 37 people were injured on board an Air Canada flight carrying 284 passengers and crew after the plane hit severe turbulence and prepared for an emergency landing.
The flight, AC33, hit the unforecasted patch of rough air approximately 1,000 miles southwest of the Hawaii, according to Air Canada. Passengers said the turbulence hit without warning. The plane was traveling from Vancouver to Sydney but was diverted to Hawaii. The plane landed normally at Honolulu’s Daniel K Inouye International Airport in Hawaii at 06:46 local time (16:46 GMT) on Thursday. U.S. emergency officials said three ambulances and an ambulance-bus were used to transport patients to hospital after the plane arrived.
Thirty people were taken to hospital in Honolulu on Thursday. Nine had severe injuries, officials said. Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright said injuries included cuts, bumps, bruises, neck pain and back pain. The ages ranged from children to the elderly. All of those injured had been assessed, treated and released by local hospitals."We all hit the roof and everything fell down," a passenger said describing what happened on the plane. An Instagram post from one passenger showed he and others wearing neck braces in the airport. severe turbulence and associate injuries are extremely rare.