Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Hawaii, 35 injured

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Flight AC33 from Vancouver to Sydney hit trouble around two hours beyond Hawaii and diverted back to the US island chain’s capital Honolulu, the company said in a statement.

Shocked passengers described being tossed around an Air Canada passenger jet as it hit a pocket of turbulence on its way to Australia on Thursday and was forced to make an emergency landing.

Flight AC33 from Vancouver to Sydney hit trouble around two hours beyond Hawaii and diverted back to the US island chain’s capital Honolulu, the company said in a statement.

The Boeing 777-200 landed “normally” at 6.45 am (1645 GMT), the statement went on, adding that “approximately 35 people appear to have sustained minor injuries.”

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Passenger Jess Smith told the local television station KHON that “we all hit the roof, and everything fell down… people went flying.”

Air Canada was arranging hotels and food for passengers in Honolulu and looking at resuming the flight, the statement said.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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