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Multiple people injured after Air Canada emergency landing in Honolulu

Multiple people injured after Air Canada emergency landing in Honolulu”

The flight from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia was cruising at 32,000ft over the Pacific Ocean when it was hit by "un-forecasted" turbulence. The plane landed at the Daniel K. Inouye International airport, according to the airport duty manager.

The flight AC33 experienced heavy turbulence on Thursday and was forced to turn back, requesting an emergency landing at Honolulu airport. The pilot managed to land the plane at 6:50 AM Hawaiian time.

"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", Air Canada spokesperson Isabelle Arthur told CTV News in an email.

20 to 25 passengers and one crew member were allegedly injured, sustaining damage primarily to the head and neck.

"After examination it now appears that 35 customers sustained minor injuries", said Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick. All passengers that were injured during the turbulence and subsequent emergency landing are receiving medical treatment in Hawaii. "But as a whole people seem to be OK, didn't seem to be any major injuries".

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

The plane was a Boeing 777 with 269 passengers and 15 crew members.



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