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Turbulence injures 37 on Air Canada flight to Sydney

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At least 37 people have been injured on board and Air Canada flight that hit severe turbulence and had to make an emergency landing.

The plane – carrying 284 passengers and crew ̵

1; was traveling from Vancouver to Sydney but was diverted to Hawaii.

Thirty people were taken to hospital in Honolulu on Thursday. Nine had severe injuries, officials say.

Air Canada said the Boeing 777-200 jet "suddenly clear air turbulence … two hours past Hawaii".

It added that it was arranging hotels in Honolulu until a new flight to Australia could be arranged.

The plane landed in Hawaii at 06:46 local time (16:46 GMT) on Thursday.

"We hit turbulence and we all hit the roof, and everything fell down … people went flying, "Jess Smith, a passenger on board the flight, told local TV station KHON.

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"Some people who are strapped in, you saw them rise in the air and hit their heads on the roof and everything, so it was quite intense," another passenger customs the station

Alex Macdonald, from Brisbane, told Canadian broadcaster CBC News the passengers were "extremely shocked"

"I saw the people ahead of me with the overhead luggage compartments and then just slamming back into their seats, "she added.

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Em ergency workers Air Canada flight AC33 after it was diverted to Hawaii

Photographs taken inside the aircraft show that oxygen masks were released and service trolleys thrown over during the incident.

What is Clear Air Turbulence?

CAT – clear air turbulence – occurs in otherwise calm, clear blue skies,

It is caused when different masses of air moving at different speeds meet and cannot be identified by the naked eye or conventional radar.

Pilots use reports from other aircraft, passed on via air traffic control, to track track of patches of CAT.

Passengers have reported the cabin being bloodied and dented from passengers hitting the ceiling of the aircraft.

A social media post from one passenger showed him a neck brace at the airport, along with the caption: "Unexpected holiday in Hawaii"

An Australian country band, Hurricane Fall, was also on the flight at the time .

They confirmed in a Facebook post their vocalist had sustained injuries to his arm and elbow, but had been released from hospital. Tell us about your experience by emailing

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