Approximately 11 people were injured aboard an aircraft bound for Vancouver en route to Sidney, Australia today (11 July).
Flight AC33 originated in Toronto and stopped in Vancouver before crossing the Pacific Ocean.
About two hours after Hawaii, the aircraft suffered severe turbulence, which caused an emergency landing in Honolulu.
Media Glacier Angela Mah, Air Canada's media relations spokesperson, explained what happened after the aircraft departed and what the airline plans to do.
"Current information indicates that about 35 people appear to have suffered minor injuries," she said. "Our first priority is always the safety of our flights, passengers and crew.As a precaution, medical staff are waiting to help passengers in Honolulu."
Mah notes that the aircraft was a Boeing 777-200, with 269 passengers and 15 crew members on board. She adds that the turbulence was "unexpected and sudden".
"We are in the process of making arrangements for the passengers, including hotel accommodation and meals in Honolulu, as well as options for the resumption of the flight."
Part of the passenger and crew were examined by medical staff upon arrival at Honolulu Airport at 12:45 pm.
An Air Canada flight between Vancouver and Anchorage was diverted on Sunday, June 23 after the aircraft engine stopped in mid-flight.
Air Canada is also facing serious questions about an incident in a parked aircraft in Toronto. A woman fell asleep aboard her Quebec City-Toronto flight and woke up alone in the dark. She was later rescued by a luggage rack, but this experience caused her extreme anxiety.
– Elana Shepert, Vancouver is awesome, with records from the Canadian press