37 passengers and cabin crew were injured in an Air Canada Flight AC33 encountered “un-forecasted and sudden” turbulence on Thursday.
An Air Canada Boeing 777-200 on flight AC33 from Vancouver to Sydney was diverted and made an emergency landing in Honolulu after it encountered violent turbulence about two hours past Hawaii over Pacific.
The Boeing 777-200 was carrying 269 passengers and 15 crew members and 37 people were injured, nine seriously, during the sudden loss of altitude that sent people flying into the luggage compartments and aisles of the airplane.
“A woman behind me hit the ceiling so hard that she broke the casing of an oxygen mask”, said a passenger.
The turbulence het the aircraft when it was flying at 36,000 feet (10,973 meters) about 600 miles (966 kilometers) southwest of Honolulu, said U.S. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.
Air Canada was arranging hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu and options for resuming the flight.
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