Pictured: Severe Turbulence Injures at Least 35 on Air Canada Flight

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
July 12, 2019 Updated: July 12, 2019

Dozens of people were slammed against the ceiling of an Air Canada flight over the Pacific Ocean on July 11.

The flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Hawaii after 37 people were injured, including nine seriously, reported The Associated Press.

The turbulence sent people into the aisle and slamming into the overhead compartments on the jetliner.

“The plane just dropped,” passenger Stephanie Beam told AP. “When we hit turbulence, I woke up and looked over to make sure my kids were buckled. The next thing I knew there’s just literally bodies on the ceiling of the plane.”

In all, 30 people were hospitalized.

Andrew Szucs, who is from Ontario but now living in Sydney, said he was not injured.

“Then all of a sudden the plane dropped and went sideways,” Szucs said.

He told AP that the pilot said via the radio that they didn’t see any turbulence on the radar and could see “no warning this kind of air drop was going to happen.”

Sandy Marshall of Sydney, meanwhile, said she was injured. Her children were unharmed.

“I didn’t have my seat belt on at the time. My child was sleeping on me, and I went straight up into the ceiling,” she said.

Another passenger, Jess Smith, told KHON that “we all hit the roof and everything fell down … People went flying.”

Brisbane resident Alex Macdonald told CBC News that people on board were “extremely shocked.”

“I saw the people ahead of me hitting the overhead baggage compartments and then just slamming back into their seats,” Macdonald said.

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An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft is shown at Trudeau Airport in Montreal, on March 13, 2019. (The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes)

“The whole experience was probably 10 to 15 seconds, a bit of mild shaking, nothing out of the ordinary, and then just a drop out of nowhere,” she said. “[It] was just a bunch of noise, people extremely shocked, and then a very eerie stillness throughout the cabin as people tried to grasp what had happened,” said Macdonald.

Macdonald was wearing a seatbelt and wasn’t hurt.

The Australian country band Hurricane Fall also was on board. Its lead singer Pepper Deroy suffered nerve damage in his forearm and elbow, said the group on Facebook.

“After being treated on the tarmac and then a follow up in hospital he’s got the Thumbs Up, we are all super grateful to the AirCanada staff for their professionalism and swift response,” the band said.

The turbulence occurred at an altitude of around 36,000 feet about 600 miles southwest of Honolulu, said the Federal Aviation Administration to AP.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.