An Australia-bound flight that departed Vancouver International Airport early Thursday morning was forced to make an emergency landing in Hawaii.
According to the airline, flight AC33, which was destined for Sydney, Australia, ran into “un-forecasted and sudden turbulence” about two hours past Hawaii, and was forced to divert to Honolulu‘s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The flight had originated in Toronto before stopping in Vancouver.
The aircraft, a twin-jet Boeing 777-200LR/F lifted off from Vancouver at about 12:30 a.m., with 269 passengers and 15 crew aboard.
Thornton said it appeared several people had suffered broken bones. Crew moved the injured into first class until the flight landed, she said.
“The lady in front of us, I don’t think she had her seat belt on, she hit the ceiling. A couple of stewardesses were injured and a lot of people had cuts to their heads.”
In an email, Air Canada spokesperson Angela Mah said the flight landed normally at Honolulu at 12:45 p.m. ET.
“After further update after the flight landed, it now appears that 35 customers sustained minor injuries,” Mah said.
“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.”
Passenger Michael Bailey said there were only a few seconds of warning before the plane dropped.
“We just hit turbulence, it was pretty quick, and a lot of people hit the ceiling. A lot of screaming. The seat in front of me, the girl hit the plastic overhead and actually snapped it, broke it, and the oxygen masks came down and a lot of panic,” he said.