Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Multiple people injured after Air Canada emergency landing in Honolulu

Multiple people injured after Air Canada emergency landing in Honolulu

According to reports, Flight 033 was just west of Hawaii when it encountered severe turbulence over the Pacific Ocean.

Forced to turn around, the pilots made an emergency landing in Honolulu early this morning, paramedics tended to the almost three dozen injured passengers.

The passengers have suffered minor injuries, reported ANI. Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright said injuries included cuts, bumps, bruises, neck pain and back pain.

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

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Wayne McNeal, an aviation consultant, says the plane encountered what's referred to as clear air turbulence, which is fairly common. "A couple of the air hostesses were bringing food out at the time, and they hit the roof as well".

Passenger Luke Wheeldon told Honolulu news station KTIV about half the passengers weren't wearing seatbelts. The crew reportedly requested that medical personnel meet the aircraft at the airport.

The airline is now making arrangements for passengers, including hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu, as well as providing flight options, Mr. Fitzpatrick added.

Flight AC33, which originated in Toronto, took off from Vancouver International Airport late Wednesday night with 269 passengers and crew on board. Ten people were injured in the incident aboard the ALK Airlines flight from Pristina to Basel, including a member of cabin crew who was thrown into the ceiling.

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