Dozens of passengers aboard an Air Canada plane were injured when the aircraft suffered severe turbulence between Vancouver and Australia, forcing it to make a landing emergency in Hawaii.
The plane carrying 284 people was about two hours after the Hawaiian Islands on its flight to Sydney on Thursday morning when it encountered "unplanned" and "sudden" turbulence, officials said. Air Canada.
Thirty-seven people were injured aboard the Boeing 777, 30 of which were taken to the hospital. Nine of them were seriously injured, according to Hawaii News Now.
"We all fell on the roof and everything broke down," Jess Smith told local KHON television after the plane landed in Honolulu at 6:45 am. "People have flown away.
Alex Macdonald, a resident of Brisbane, told Canadian television channel CBC News that the passengers were "extremely shocked".
"I saw people in front of me hit the luggage compartments overhead and then fall back into their seats," Macdonald said.
"The experiment probably lasted 10 to 15 seconds, with a slight tremor of the air, nothing extraordinary, then just a fall from nowhere," she said.
"[It] It was just a bunch of noise, extremely shocked people, and a very disturbing silence in the cabin as people were trying to figure out what had happened, "said Macdonald, who was wearing a seatbelt and was was not hurt.
A video filmed by a passenger shows that oxygen masks were released during the disaster, which erupted at an altitude of 36,000 feet and at a distance of about 600 miles southwest of Honolulu.
The Australian group Hurricane Fall was also on board. Pepper Deroy, his main singer, had nerve damage to the forearm and elbow.
"After being treated on the tarmac, followed by the hospital, he had a thumbs-up, we are very grateful to the Air Canada staff for their professionalism and quick response," said the group in a message posted on Facebook.
"It was a very scary revealing experience, but we are grateful that we are all safe and sound. We will be home soon! Adds it by adding the hashtag #wearyourseatbelts.
Australian passenger Erica Daly said she was asleep when the turbulence hit, throwing her out of her seat and down to the ceiling.
"I have a whiplash, three stitches in the head and a nick. I have a knee cut, a cut in the shoulder and I'm just suffering from one side of the body, "Daly told Hawaii News Now.
Passenger Michael Bailey said that there was a lot of screaming and panic when the plane fell.
"We had to drop about 100 feet or something like that because we all went to the ceiling like the whole plane. It was rather scary, "he told reporters.
"The seat in front of me, the girl hit the plastic roof and broke it, then the oxygen masks fell and a lot of panic," he added.
The airline said all passengers were staying in hotels and the flight was scheduled to resume later on Friday.