Dozens of passengers aboard an Air Canada flight were injured when the aircraft hit severe turbulence on their way from Vancouver to Australia, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Hawaii.
The aircraft with 284 people was about two hours past the Hawaiian Islands on their flight to Sydney on Thursday morning when it encountered "unforeseen" and "sudden" turbulence, Air Canada officials said.
Thirty-two people were injured aboard the Boeing 777, including 30 hospitalized. Nine of them were seriously injured, according to Hawaii News Now.
"We all hit the roof and everything fell down," said Jess Smith, the local television station KHON, after the plane landed in Honolulu at 6:45. "People went on flying."
Brisbane resident Alex Macdonald told Canada's Broadcaster CBC News that passengers were "extremely shocked".
"I saw the people in front of me beating the overhead luggage and then just banging back in their seat," said Macdonald
"The whole experience was probably 1
"[It] was just a ton of noise, people extremely shocked and then a very weird silence throughout the cottage when people tried to understand what had happened," said Macdonald, who was wearing a seat belt and not injured.
A video shot of a passenger shows that oxygen masks were released during May home, which erupted 36,000 feet and about 600 miles southwest of Honolulu.
The Australian band Hurricane Fall was also on board. Its main singer, Pepper Deroy, suffered from nerve damage in the forearm and elbow.
"Having been treated on the asphalt and then a follow-up in the hospital, he has Thumbs Up, we are all super thankful for the AirCanada staff for their professionalism and prompt response," said the band in a Facebook post.
"This was an eye that opened incredibly frightening experience, but we are grateful, we are all safe. We will soon be home!"
Australian passenger Erica Daly said she was asleep when the turbulence hit and threw her out of her seat and tightly into the ceiling.
"I I have a whiplash in my neck, I have three stitches in my head where I have a hole. I have a knee on my knee, a cut on my shoulder and just pain down on my sides, Daly said to Hawaii News Now
Passengers Michael Bailey said there was a lot of screaming and panic when the plan fell.
"Must have lost about 100 meters or something because we all went up to the roof as through the whole plane. It was pretty scary, "he told the news.
" The seat in front of me, the girl hit the plastic over her head and actually hit it and broke it and the oxygen masks came down and panicked "he added.
The airline said all passengers were housed in hotels and the flight was expected to resume later on Friday.