Turbulence Injures 21 on 'Flight From Hell'

Air Canada passengers were tossed from seats
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 31, 2015 12:41 AM CST
Updated Dec 31, 2015 4:35 AM CST
Turbulence Injures 21 on 'Flight From Hell'
An Air Canada Boeing 777 like this one was shaken by turbulence over Alaska.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Air Canada says a flight en route from Shanghai to Toronto was diverted to Calgary on Wednesday after heavy turbulence injured 21 passengers, including three children. An Emergency Medical Services spokesman says that those transported to Calgary-area hospitals are in stable condition with non-life-threatening neck and back injuries. An Air Canada spokeswoman says Air Canada Flight AC088 was carrying 332 passengers and 19 crew members. She says the aircraft landed without incident.

One passenger tells the Calgary Herald that when extreme turbulence shook the Boeing 777 as it flew over Alaska, a woman in front of her was tossed out of her seat and unsecured items hit the ceiling. "It was the flight from hell," she says. "It was frightening. Honestly, we didn't know if we were going to live or die." Another passenger tells the CBC that he was lying down in business class—with his seat belt on—when the passenger in front of him was suddenly slammed to the ceiling. Then "passengers started screaming and objects started flying" during an ordeal that lasted around 30 minutes, he says. It's not clear whether the turbulence was linked to the storm system causing alarmingly warm temperatures at the North Pole. (More Air Canada stories.)

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