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At least 35 injured from turbulence on Air Canada flight

At least 35 injured from turbulence on Air Canada flight

The Boeing 777-200 jet "encountered sudden clear air turbulence. two hours past Hawaii", the airline said.

A case of severe turbulence in June on a flight from Kosovo to France was captured on video, showing a flight attendant hitting the ceiling and another praying.

"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 in Honolulu", Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said.

Turbulence: The flight from Vancouver to Sydney diverted to Honolulu at around 6:45 am. While the landing itself went smoothly, a number of people, including one crew member, were injured in the turbulence.

"Some people that weren't strapped in, you saw them rise in the air and hit their heads on the roof and everything, so it was quite intense", another passenger told the station. "You drop usually a couple dozen feet or more and if you've been in the airplane standing, or serving food, you may get injuries to your neck, etc. because you're not in your seat belt".

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Alex Macdonald, from Brisbane, told Canadian broadcaster CBC News the passengers on board were "extremely shocked".

Flight AC33 departed Vancouver International Airport late Wednesday night bound for Sydney with 269 passengers and crew onboard.

Air Canada says it is arranging accommodation and meals for the affected passengers.

Should flyers be afraid of increasingly rough flights?

"There have only been six reported fatalities because of turbulence since 1980".


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