An Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia made an unplanned landing in Hawaii Thursday after encountering a pocket of turbulence.
A total of 233 passengers and crew members were on board Flight AC033 when it diverted to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu at 6:45 a.m. local time.
Approximately 37 passengers and crew members were injured after facing “unforecasted” and “sudden” turbulence, according to a statement from the airline to HuffPost Canada.
According to authorities in Honolulu, nine people are in “serious condition,” while 21 are in “stable condition.” Neck, back and head injuries were reported.
“I’d say half the cabin didn’t have their seatbelts on — there was no warning — and then half of them, they hit the roof,” one passenger told KITV.
Hawaiian authorities encouraged anyone concerned about loved ones who were on the flight to get in touch with Air Canada.
“Our first priority is always the safety of our flights, passengers and crew and as a precaution, medical personnel are on standby to assist passengers in Honolulu,” Air Canada’s statement read.
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