A flight from Phoenix to Honolulu experienced “severe turbulence” and left 36 people hurt, with 11 suffering serious injuries.
A total of 20 people aboard Hawaiian Airlines Flight 35 were taken to local hospitals, Honolulu Emergency Services Department Director Jim Ireland said at a Sunday press conference. Nine of those 20 sustained minor injuries with 11 suffering serious injuries.
Of the 20 people hospitalized, 17 were passengers and three were crew members. One person was knocked unconscious during the incident, Ireland said, adding that others experienced nausea and vomiting.
The plane was carrying 278 passengers, 2 pilots, and 8 flight attendants.
The flight landed safely at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport at 10:50 a.m. local time and emergency responders provided passengers and crew with medical assistance.
The National Transportation Safety Board has announced an investigation into an incident. While the cause of the turbulence has not yet been confirmed, there were reports of thunderstorms in the area.
The cause of the turbulence has not been confirmed, although there were reports of thunderstorms in the area. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.
One passenger, Tiffany Reyes, told the Associated Press about her experience and said that she had just gotten back from the bathroom and was about to sit in her seat when she said she “had apparently flown into the ceiling and slammed into the ground.”
Her daughter was buckled up next to her and was uninjured. Reyes was taken to the hospital when the plane landed. Right now she said she “can’t even move around in bed,” due to the pain.
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