A full flight from Phoenix to Honolulu suffered severe turbulence, injuring 35 people, 11 of them seriously. Watch videos of what the plane looked like after the crash.
Thirty-six people were injured sunday 18, including 11 seriously, when a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Phoenix to Honolulu a subi severe turbulence about 30 minutes before landing.
Paramedics and emergency medical technicians treated patients, ages 14 months to adults, for a long list of injuries, including severe head injuries, cuts, bruises, nausea and loss of consciousness.
The Airbus A330 was traveling fully loaded, carrying 278 passengers and 10 crew. Hawaiian Airlines said Flight 35 from Phoenix “landed safely” in Honolulu around 10:50 a.m. local time.
Jon Snook, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hawaiian Airlines, said that the turbulence occurred just before or at the time of the descent. “We are very happy that the extent of the injuries was not critical. It could have been worse.”
Among the injured, 20 people were transported to the emergency room. Eleven were in serious condition and nine in stable condition, said Dr. Jim Ireland, director of Honolulu Emergency Medical Services. Eight ambulances intervened to take people to the hospital, while a municipal bus was used to transport the others.
“Although we initially thought that some patients had critical injuries, upon further evaluation, it turned out that they were not so badly injured, which is great,” Mr Ireland said.
Weather responsible for turbulence on Honolulu flight
The National Weather Service (NWS) said the severe turbulence occurred at around 36,000 feet (nearly 11,000 meters). “We believe the flight may have passed through a thunderstorm, which may have caused the severe turbulence,” said NWS meteorologist Genki Kino. “Meanwhile, there were scattered thunderstorms all over the place.”