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Severe turbulence injures 37 on Air Canada flight

About 37 Air Canada passengers were injured after their flight was hit by severe turbulence on its way to Australia on Thursday and was forced to make an emergency landing.

Flight AC33 from Vancouver to Sydney hit trouble around two hours beyond Hawaii and was diverted back to the US island chain’s capital Honolulu.

The airline released a statement stating the Boeing 777-200 landed “normally” at 6.45 am and “approximately 35 people appear to have sustained minor injuries.”

A passenger Jess Smith speaking with local television news stations said “we all hit the roof, and everything fell down… people went flying.”

Another traveller Fais Asad said The aircraft suddenly dropped, and “some people that weren’t strapped in, you saw them rise in the air and hit their heads on the roof… it was quite intense.”

The incident took place 10,973 meters, about 966 km southwest of Honolulu.

The plane had was carrying 269 passengers and 15 crew members.

Air Canada was arranging hotels and food for passengers in Honolulu and looking at resuming the flight, the statement added.

Source : Various