Air Canada passengers on board a flight to Australia panicked and worried when faced with an airflow problem yesterday was forced anchor landing in Hawaii.
The AC33 flight from Vancouver to Sydney was struck about two hours after crossing Hawaii and had to travel back to Honolulu, the capital of the archipelago, the Air Canada company said in a statement.
Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said 35 people sustained minor injuries. That number was later updated to 37 by emergency officials in Honolulu.
They told reporters 30 people were transported to local hospitals, nine with serious injuries and 21 with minor injuries. Those people have since been treated and released, according to Air Canada spokesperson Angela Mah.
The Boeing 777-2000 airliner landed at 6.45am (local time), the statement said, adding that about 35 passengers had minor injuries following the incident.
Passengers, Jess Smith told KHON local television station that they were thrown to the roof of the plane and fell to the floor.
“The plane was suddenly as if it fell and there were passengers who did not wear safety belts soared into the air before their heads stuck in the roof. The situation was so alarming then, “said another passenger, Fais Asad.
A Federal Aviation Management spokeswoman was quoted by Canadian broadcaster CBC as saying that the incident occurred at an altitude of 10,973 meters, about 966 kilometers southwest of Honolulu.
The plane carrying 269 passengers and 15 crew members.