About 25 injured on Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Australia

Sudden turbulence’ leaves multiple people injured aboard Air Canada flight forces emergency landing in Hawaii

It was over the Pacific Ocean when the plane experienced what an Air Canada spokesperson described as "un-forecasted and sudden turbulence".

The Air Canada flight 33 flying via Vancouver made an emergency landing in Honolulu after being diverted.

"After examination it now appears that 35 customers sustained minor injuries", said Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick. Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman wasn't able to immediately provide details about what kinds of injuries were involved.

A man who was on board the flight told reporters in Honolulu "a girl" in front of him shot through the plastic ceiling.

Medical staff examined the injured after it landed at Honolulu's airport at 06:46 local time (16:46 GMT).


Wayne McNeal, an aviation consultant, says the plane encountered what's referred to as clear air turbulence, which is fairly common.

"There was no warning and then half of them, their head hit the roof all at once", he said.

Passenger Luke Wheeldon told Honolulu news station KTIV about half the passengers weren't wearing seatbelts. "And I went, 'Oh, this is a bad day'". The crew reportedly requested that medical personnel meet the aircraft at the airport. Several people were injured.

The Boeing 777-200 was carrying 269 passengers and 15 crew.

Air Canada is now making arrangements for the passengers, including hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu, as well as options to resume the flight to Sydney.

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