Multiple injuries due to turbulence forces Air Canada emergency landing

Darnell Taylor
July 11, 2019

An Air Canada flight that took off in Toronto and picked up passengers in Vancouver en route to Sydney, Australia was forced to make an emergency stop in Honolulu on Thursday morning.

It was over the Pacific Ocean when the plane experienced what an Air Canada spokesperson described as "un-forecasted and sudden turbulence".

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 severity of the injuries are not known at this time.

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

"Our first priority is always the safety of our flights, passengers and crew and as a precaution, medical personnel are on standby to examine passengers in Honolulu", Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said.

The plane, a Boeing 777-200, has reportedly had around 270 passengers and 15 crew members on board. All passengers that were injured during the turbulence and subsequent emergency landing are receiving medical treatment in Hawaii. The airline is making hotel and meal arrangements for the passengers in Hawaii, and will organize options for passengers wishing to continue onward to Sydney.

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