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Multiple people injured after Air Canada emergency landing in Honolulu

Multiple people injured after Air Canada emergency landing in Honolulu

About two dozen people were injured when an Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Australia hit heavy turbulence over the Pacific Ocean.

The Air Canada flight was completing a standard route from Toronto to Sydney.

Wayne McNeal, an aviation consultant, says the plane encountered what's referred to as clear air turbulence, which is fairly common.

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.

Eyewitnesses described a gut-churning drop in altitude that slammed passengers and flight attendants into the ceiling.

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The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200, with 269 passengers and 15 crew on board.

"After examination it now appears that 35 customers sustained minor injuries", said Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick.

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. "But as a whole people seem to be OK, didn't seem to be any major injuries".

An Air Canada spokeswoman was quoted as saying: "We are now making arrangements for the passengers including hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu, as well as options for resumption of the flight".