For many people, a planned flight from Vancouver to Sydney ended with some serious injuries. About two hours away from Hawaii, the plane had got into “unforeseen and sudden turbulences”, the airline stated. The flight was then diverted to Honolulu.
According to official figures, 37 people suffered injuries, including nine seriously injured. Travellers reported that the plane sank very suddenly. Passengers not wearing seat belts were reported to have flown to the ceiling. Passengers were treated by the rescue service at the airport.
According to the US aviation authorities, the Boeing 777-200 was at an altitude of almost 11,000 meters at the time. There were 269 passengers and 15 employees on board.