Multiple injuries aboard Air Canada flight after severe turbulence, emergency landing

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 11, 2019

Air Canada Flight 33 requested an emergency landing and touched down in Honolulu at around 6:45 a.m. local time. The plane landed at the Daniel K. Inouye International airport, according to the airport duty manager.

The airline says Flight AC33, which made a scheduled stopover in Vancouver Wednesday night, was about two hours past Hawaii over the Pacific Ocean when the conditions triggered a turnaround and resulted in 35 injuries. These are the effects of turbulence, as the plane flies through pockets of rising, falling and rolling air, typically called eddies.

Numerous people received head and neck injuries, CTV News reported, citing a source. "But as a whole people seem to be OK, didn't seem to be any major injuries".

"Our first priority is always the safety of our flights, passengers and crew and as a precaution, medical personnel are on standby to examine passengers", Air Canada spokesperson Isabelle Arthur told CTV News in an email.

The number of passengers on the plane totalled 269.

An Air Canada spokesperson confirmed to CTV News that there was approximately 25 people on board who sustained minor injuries.

The airline is making hotel and meal arrangements for the passengers in Hawaii, and will organize options for passengers wishing to continue onward to Sydney.

They will remain in Honolulu until a new flight to Australia can be arranged.

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