Wednesday,  October 16, 2019  1:41 am

Sudden turbulence aboard Air Canada flight sends dozens to hospital


Sudden turbulence aboard Air Canada flight sends dozens to hospital
Christine Hogg

Christine Hogg is the Associate Digital Editor at PAX Global Media. Prior to joining PAX, she obtained her Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, she went on to write for several travel publications while travelling the world. Her longest trip was a three-week stint in Europe, and the shortest was a 16-hour adventure in Iceland. Get in touch: christine@paxglobalmedia.com.

A sudden and unexpected bout of turbulence on an Air Canada flight yesterday resulted in dozens of injuries onboard.

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Air Canada flight AC33, travelling from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia, on July 11, encountered unforecasted and sudden turbulence approximately two hours past Hawaii, and subsequently diverted to Honolulu. The flight landed normally at 12:45 pm EST.

"Current information indicates there are approximately 35 people who appear to have sustained minor injuries," Peter Fitzpatrick, media spokesperson, Air Canada, confirmed to PAX. "Our first priority is always the safety of our flights, passengers and crew and as a precaution, medical personnel are on standby to assist passengers in Honolulu."

The Canadian Press reports that 30 of those passengers were sent to hospital.

Air Canada says that it's currently making arrangements for the passengers including hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu, as well as options for resumption of the flight.

The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200, with 269 passengers and 15 crew on board.


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