Air Canada flight makes emergency landing with 35 people injured

Jeannie Matthews
July 12, 2019

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

The plane, a Boeing 777, had already passed Hawaii by two hours but was forced to make an emergency landing and a u-turn back towards the island.

Forced to turn around, the pilots made an emergency landing in Honolulu early this morning, paramedics tended to the almost three dozen injured passengers. Air Canada said the plane landed normally at around 9:45 a.m. Vancouver time.

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

Air Canada spokesperson, Peter Fitzpatrick, told Daily Hive that approximately 35 passengers "appear to have sustained minor injuries".

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Passengers told news reporters the turbulence tossed people into the air, some hitting the ceiling.

The turbulence happened at 36,000 feet (10,973 meters) about 600 miles (966 kilometers) southwest of Honolulu, said US Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

Air Canada has since released a statement saying: "Our first priority is always the safety of our flights, passengers and crew and as a precaution, medical personnel are on standby to assist passengers in Honolulu". "A couple of stewardesses were injured and a lot of people had cuts to their head".

Flight AC33 departed Vancouver International Airport late Wednesday night bound for Sydney with 269 passengers and crew onboard.

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