Air Canada flight lands in Hawaii after severe turbulence - 25 injured

Andrew Cummings
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.

Pepper Deroy was injured when Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Sydney 'fell from the sky'.

The plane landed safely in Honolulu at 9:45 a.m. Vancouver time, said Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah.

Two hours past Hawaii, the plane was met with "unforecasted and sudden turbulence" and the Boeing 777-200LR turned around around and headed for Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

CTV News reports that between 20-25 passengers and at least one crew member have been injured as a result of the incident.

Sam Rattanasone, a passenger on the flight, posted pictures of the aftermath on his Instagram account.

About 35 customers are believed to have sustained injuries, which Air Canada said were minor.

"We are now making arrangements for the passengers including hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu, as well as options for resumption of the flight", an Air Canada spokesperson told CTV. Many of these people are reported to have head and neck injuries.

The carrier says it is arranging hotel accommodations and meals for passengers in Honolulu as well as options for resumption of the flight.

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