MONTREAL — Almost about three dozen passengers and crew sustained minor accidents Thursday when an Air Canada flight travelling from Toronto to Sydney, Australia, ran into severe turbulence, prompting an emergency touchdown in Honolulu.
Flight AC33 became once about two hours past Hawaii over the Pacific Ocean early Thursday morning when “unforecasted and unexpected turbulence” introduced about a turnaround and precipitated “minor accidents” for about 35 travellers, the airline said in an email.
Eyewitnesses described a gut-churning tumble in altitude that slammed passengers and flight attendants into the ceiling.
“We hit turbulence and all of us hit the roof and every thing fell down, and stuff… of us went flying,” passenger Jess Smith told local location KHON in Honolulu.
“I watched a whole bunch of of us hit the ceiling of the aircraft,” said Alex MacDonald. “A few the air hostesses were bringing meals out on the time, and so they hit the roof as neatly. But as a whole of us seem like OK, didn’t seem like any well-known accidents.”
MacDonald added that crew and ground crew were “unheard of” in the wake of the incident.
The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, had 269 passengers and 15 crew members on board.
Some bought scientific attention on arrival on the airport in Honolulu, based on Air Canada.
“Our first priority is continuously the safety of our flights, passengers and crew and as a precaution, scientific personnel are on standby to glance passengers in Honolulu,” Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said.
Honolulu Emergency Products and services Division spokeswoman wasn’t ready to appropriate away provide particulars about what forms of accidents were alive to.
The airline said it’s arranging resort accommodations and meals for passengers in Honolulu as neatly as alternatives for resumption of the flight.
The turbulence came about at about 10,970 metres 966 kilometres southwest of Honolulu, said U.S. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.
-with files from Aleksandra Sagan and The Connected Press