An Air Canada flight after experiencing sudden and severe turbulence, made emergency landing in Honolulu airport, leaving 35 injured, said the airline on Thursday.
The flight took off from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia, when it encountered “unforecast and sudden turbulence” while crossing Hawaii, According to reports by CNN.
The pilots then made an emergency landing at Daniel K Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.
Delta Flight 1425 was carrying 269 passengers and 15 crewmembers onboard.
“We just hit turbulence pretty quick. Lots of people hit the ceiling, lots of screaming,” Michael Bailey, a passenger, said.
A spokesperson of the Federal Aviation Administration Ian Gregor said, “The plane was flying at 36,000 feet and was approximately 600 miles (approx. 966 kilometres) south-west of Honolulu during the incident.”
“Our first priority is always the safety of our flights, passengers and crew and as a precaution, medical personnel are on standby to examine passengers in Honolulu,” added further Air Canada.