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Air Canada passengers to resume trip to Australia after emergency landing in Honolulu

Last Updated Jul 12, 2019 at 4:23 pm PDT

Paramedics tend to passengers injured after severe turbulence forced an Air Canada plane en route from Toronto to Sydney make an emergency landing in Hawaii. (Photo credit: Hurricane Falls)
Summary

After severe turbulence forced their plane to make an emergency landing in Honolulu, passengers are set to fly Australia

Unexpected turbulence hurt 37 people, with 30 taken to hospital; all have since been released

HONOLULU (NEWS 1130) – Passengers on board an Air Canada flight, that made an emergency landing in Honolulu because of turbulence, are resuming their travel plans.

The flight, which originally took off from Toronto on Wednesday and made a stopover in Vancouver, is expected to continue on its way to Sydney, Australia Friday afternoon.

Thirty-seven people were hurt when the flight hit what the airline has called “unforecasted and sudden turbulence” about two hours past Hawaii on Thursday, forcing pilots to turn the plane around to make the unscheduled stop in Honolulu.

Thirty people were taken to hospital after being thrown around the cabin, with injuries ranging from cuts and bruises, to back and neck injuries. Nine people suffered serious injuries. All were released on Friday.

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People on board the flight described a gut-churning drop in altitude that slammed passengers and flight attendants into the ceiling.

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Linda Woodhouse, an Albertan who is moving to Australia, said people had just begun to wake up and move around when the airplane experienced several seconds of turbulence. A few moments later, she said, “the plane just dropped.”

Passengers and crew spent the night in hotels and the people sent to hospital have since been released.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, had 269 passengers and 15 crew members on board.

– With files the Canadian Press