Turbulence reportedly injures 35 passengers, forces plane to divert to Hawaii

Emergency landing

Dozens of Air Canada passengers were injured Thursday morning after a flight from Vancouver to Australia encountered severe turbulence in the air, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing.

Flight 33 was travelling from Toronto to Sydney, with a pit stop in between.

"I watched a whole bunch of people hit the ceiling of the plane", said Alex MacDonald.

Flight AC33 was diverted to Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport around 6:46 a.m. local time, where medical staff were on standby to examine the injured.

Numerous people received head and neck injuries, CTV News reported, citing a source.

The plane, a Boeing 777-200, has reportedly had around 270 passengers and 15 crew members on board.

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About 35 customers are believed to have sustained injuries, which Air Canada said were minor.

Numerous people hurt have head and neck injuries.

Sam Rattanasone, a passenger on the flight, posted pictures of the aftermath on his Instagram account.

Air Canada says it's now making arrangements for passengers including hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu, as well as options for resumption of the flight.

The airline is now making arrangements for passengers, including hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu, as well as providing flight options, Mr. Fitzpatrick added.

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