Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
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Air Canada flight turbulence: 35 injured when flight hits severe turbulence today

Air Canada flight turbulence: 35 injured when flight hits severe turbulence today

An Air Canada flight en route to Sydney, Australia, experienced severe turbulence that injured as many as 35 passengers.

An Air Canada spokeswoman was quoted as saying: "We are now making arrangements for the passengers including hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu, as well as options for resumption of the flight".

"I watched a whole bunch of people hit the ceiling of the plane", said another passenger Alex MacDonald.

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

Emergency responders met the plane at the gate.

The flight diverted to Honolulu, where it landed at 12:45 p.m. Thursday.


The passengers were reportedly not wearing seatbelts when the turbulence struck without warning, and hit their heads on the ceiling. "A couple of the air hostesses were bringing food out at the time, and they hit the roof as well. I think one of the stewards was badly injured when the trolley fell on top of them", Bailey said.

The turbulence happened at about 10,970 metres 966 kilometres southwest of Honolulu, said U.S. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

"We are now making arrangements for the passengers including hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu, as well as options for resumption of the flight".

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

The airline is now working to provide emergency accommodation to those affected and arrange an alternative flight to Sydney.

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