Plane Forced to Turn Back to Hawaii After Sudden Turbulence Hits: 37 Injured

By Samuel Allegri

An Air Canada Boeing 777 departing from Vancouver on July 11 ran into dangerous turbulence about two hours out on the way to Australia. The flight was forced to head back and make an emergency landing at Honolulu airport, Hawaii. The dangerous event left 37 people injured, nine seriously. It happened on the morning of July 11.

As the plane was flying over the Pacific Ocean, it experienced “un-forecasted and sudden turbulence,” reported CTV News. The flight was carrying 268 passengers plus crew.

Passengers said most people were sleeping when the plane jerked downward without warning.

“The plane just dropped,” passenger Stephanie Beam told The Associated Press. “When we hit turbulence, I woke up and looked over to make sure my kids were buckled. The next thing I knew there’s just literally bodies on the ceiling of the plane.”

In this photo provided by Hurricane Fall, responders treat a passenger on an Air Canada flight to Australia that was diverted and landed at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu on July 11, 2019. (Tim Tricky/Hurricane Fall via AP)

Many passengers were sent flying out of their seats.

“The lady in front of us, I don’t think she had her seatbelt on, and she hit the ceiling,” said Sharon Thornton. “A couple of stewardesses were injured, and a lot of people had cuts to their head.”

Another passenger, Laurie Tyler, told CTV News that only a few people were looking at screens when the turbulence struck. Everyone was shocked awake, and one could hear babies screaming as well as see oxygen masks hanging.

“I didn’t want to get up,” Tyler said. “Some people at the back fell out of their chairs and into the aisle, so it was wild.”

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Passengers from an Australia-bound Air Canada flight diverted to Honolulu on July 11, 2019, after about 35 people were injured during turbulence, stand in line at the Air Canada counter at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport to rebook flights. (Caleb Jones/Photo AP)

Two passengers, a 35-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man, were taken to the hospital right after the plane landed.

According to Fox, A spokesperson for Air Canada told CTV News, “Preliminary information indicates there are about 25 people who have sustained minor injuries. 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. We are currently making arrangements for the passengers including hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu, as well as options for resumption of the flight.”

A statement by FAA referring to the event read: “Air Canada Flight 33, a Boeing 777 flying from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia, encountered turbulence at 36,000 feet approximately 600 miles southwest of Honolulu. The flight diverted to Honolulu and the crew requested medical personnel meet the aircraft at the gate. Please contact the airline for additional information.”

Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Boston After Fire on Board

BOSTON—A fire aboard a Virgin Atlantic flight headed to London forced the plane to make an emergency landing in Boston on Thursday, July 4.

Passengers smelled smoke coming from the first-class cabin “not even 30 minutes” after the plane departed John F. Kennedy International Airport around 7:30 p.m., said Cory Tanner, 28, who was aboard the flight.

The crew announced the aircraft would make an emergency landing in Boston’s Logan International Airport.

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The Virgin Airways aircraft that made an emergency landing in Boston’s Logan International Airport on July 4, 2019. (Photo Credit: Cory Tanner/Twitter@Ctannerweb)

Massachusetts State Police said in a news release that the crew extinguished the fire, which a preliminary investigation says probably started with a phone charger that ignited in a passenger seat.

“Our cabin crew are trained to a high standard and acted quickly to deal with this situation,” the airline said.

Before the passengers deplaned, firefighters inspected the fire. “It was oddly calm,” Tanner said. “There was no big commotion.”

After Landing all 217 passengers on Flight 138 from New York as well as the crew have been safely evacuated. One passenger refused treatment for a smoke-related complaint.

A Virgin Atlantic statement says the flight was bound for London’s Heathrow Airport.

It was the second unusual landing at Boston’s Logan International Airport on Thursday, July 4.

Earlier, an American Airlines jetliner from Chicago declared an emergency when a cockpit light indicated an unspecified potential mechanical problem as it approached the city, but the plane landed without incident.

An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, on a flight from Miami to N.Y.C., lands at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of N.Y.C., on March 11, 2019. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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