Turbulence on Air Canada Flight Causes Injuries and Diversion
An Air Canada flight bound for Toronto made an unscheduled landing in Calgary after the aircraft was hit by turbulence.
Air Canada Flight 88, which was en route from Shanghai, diverted to Calgary International Airport. Twenty-one passengers were transported to hospital after the plane landed at 2:23 p.m. local time. The airline said that none of the injuries was life-threatening.
One passenger, Connie Gelber, told the Calgary Herald that the journey was a “flight from hell,” adding that the passenger next to her was thrown “right out of her seat down the aisle” after the turbulence hit.
The Montreal-based carrier said that the aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, had 332 passengers and 19 crew members on board according to the preliminary passenger list. The airline’s focus at this time, however, was on its passengers.
“Our focus today has been on those passengers who have been injured in this incident and those other passengers on the aircraft for whom this has been a very unsettling experience,” said Klaus Goersch, the airline’s executive vice president, in a statement.
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