An Air Canada flight hit by sudden turbulence was forced to divert to Honolulu on Thursday, injuring dozens of people in the incident, local media reported.
The Boeing 777-200 plane flying from Vancouver to Sydney was carrying 269 passengers and 15 crew members, Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said.
The plane had flown past Hawaii for two hours when it reported experiencing un-forecasted and sudden turbulence, then diverted back to Honolulu, Fitzpatrick added.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the turbulence happened at 36,000 feet (10,973 meters) about 600 miles (966 kilometers) southwest of Honolulu, capital of U.S.
Officials said at least 35 people suffered minor injuries, and nine of those individuals were being transported to the hospital after the plane landed at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport around 6:45 a.m. Hawaii time.
Many of them received head and neck injuries, according to local media reports adding that such injuries indicate that the passengers were basically flung out of their seats when the aircraft hit the bumpy spot above the Pacific.
Air Canada was arranging hotel accommodations and meals in Honolulu and options for resuming the flight, said Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah. Enditem.