Air Canada flight from China diverted after turbulence injures 21 passengers

(From National Post)

Emergency crews transported 21 injured passengers to hospital Wednesday after a flight bound for Toronto from Shanghai was diverted to Calgary International Airport.


Air Canada Flight AC88 made an unscheduled landing in Calgary about 3:30 pm local time. According to passengers, severe turbulence struck the plane when it was over Alaska.

EMS and airport officials said emergency responders assessed 25 passengers. Among the 21 patients taken to hospital were three children. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

Passenger Connie Gelber described the journey as a “flight from hell.”

“It was frightening,” she said. “Honestly we didn’t know if we were going to live or die.”

Gelber said the girl beside her was thrown “right out of her seat down the aisle” when the turbulence hit.

It appeared the most seriously injured had ignored the pilot’s warning and had not buckled up, Gelber said.

“They did not have their seatbelts on, and that’s a lesson to be learned to all of you,” she said. “Put your seatbelts on, even when it’s sunshine.” Read More

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