At Least 37 Injured on Air Canada Flight En Route to Australia

By Jesse Sokolow on 11 July 2019
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An Air Canada flight bound for Sidney, Australia, encountered severe turbulence, resulting in at least 37 injuries.

Air Canada Flight 33 departed Vancouver International Airport at 12:33 a.m.   The Boeing 777, which was 600 miles (965 kilometers) past Honolulu when the turbulence struck, diverted to Daniel K. Inouye Airport approximately six hoursinto the flight.

“We just hit turbulence pretty quick,” one passenger told local station KHN, adding that “lots of people hit the ceiling.”

Two hundred sixty-nine passengers and 15 crewmembers were on board. Local officials in Honolulu said that nine of the injuries were serious.

“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,” the Montreal-based airline said in a statement.

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