Air Canada flight lands in Hawaii after severe turbulence - 25 injured

About 35 injured as Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Hawaii

An Air Canada flight was diverted on Thursday to Hawaii after a sudden case of severe turbulence left 35 customers with minor injuries, the carrier said in a statement.

Air Canada Flight 33 was two hours west of Hawaii when it encountered unexpected severe turbulence over the Pacific Ocean.

The number of passengers on the plane totalled 269. The aircraft was forced to turn around, before requesting an emergency landing in Honolulu.

The carrier's initial reports were of 25 people with minor injuries. Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman wasn't able to immediately provide details about what kinds of injuries were involved.

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.

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Passengers told reporters the turbulence had tossed people into the air, some hitting the ceiling.

"There was no warning and then half of them, their head hit the roof all at once", he said.

The turbulence happened at 36,000 feet (10,973 meters) about 600 miles (966 kilometers) southwest of Honolulu, said US Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. Its spokesman said crew members had asked for medical personnel to meet the plane at the gate. More than 30 people were injured as the Boeing 777 was violently shaken.

The airline is now working with passengers to rebook flights and make accommodation and meal arrangements.

There were also 15 crew members aboard the flight.

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