Almost three dozen passengers and crew sustained minor injuries Thursday when an Air Canada flight travelling from Toronto to Sydney, Australia, ran into severe turbulence, prompting an emergency landing in Honolulu.
According to a report from Hawaii News Now, the flight was diverted due to "severe clear air turbulence" that left dozens of passengers injured. These are the effects of turbulence, as the plane flies through pockets of rising, falling and rolling air, typically called eddies.
The plane landed in Honolulu at 6:45 a.m. local time after requesting an emergency landing.
CTV Montreal quoting a source close to the situation as saying between 20 and 25 people were injured, including one crew member, and that many of them had head and neck injuries.
The flight had originated from Toronto and was reportedly carrying 268 passengers and crew. "But as a whole people seem to be OK, didn't seem to be any major injuries".
He said the airline is arranging hotels in Honolulu for those who were on aboard until a new flight to Australia can be arranged.
The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200, with 269 passengers and 15 crew on board.
"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", Mr. Fitzpatrick said in an email.
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