About 35 injured as Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Hawaii

1 2018 an Air Canada plane sits on the tarmac at Trudeau airport near Montreal

1 2018 an Air Canada plane sits on the tarmac at Trudeau airport near Montreal

An Air Canada flight from Toronto to Sydney, Australia, with a stop in Vancouver, made an emergency landing in Honolulu on Thursday. The plane landed at the Daniel K. Inouye International airport, according to the airport duty manager.

Flight AC33 was about two hours past Hawaii over the Pacific Ocean following a scheduled stopover in Vancouver on Wednesday night when "unforecasted and sudden turbulence" triggered a turnaround and caused "minor injuries" for about 35 travellers, the airline said in an email. These are the effects of turbulence, as the plane flies through pockets of rising, falling and rolling air, typically called eddies. The pilot managed to land the plane at 6:50 AM Hawaiian time.

Numerous people received head and neck injuries, it is reported. The severity of the injuries are not known at this time.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said the injuries appear to be minor.

There were almost 270 passengers and 15 crew members on board in total.

The airline is now making arrangements for passengers, including hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu, as well as providing flight options, Mr. Fitzpatrick added.

"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. While the landing itself went smoothly, a number of people, including one crew member, were injured in the turbulence.

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