BREAKING NEWS: At least 36 people – including children – are injured on Hawaiian Airlines flight: Passengers from Arizona ‘crash into plane’s ceiling’ and are knocked unconscious during turbulent ‘mass emergency’
- A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Phoenix to Honolulu encountered severe turbulence about 30 minutes before landing, resulting in at least 36 injuries
- 11 people were seriously injured with some even being knocked unconscious
- Passengers ranging in age from 14 months to adults suffered head injuries, cuts, bruises – they were met by the emergency services upon landing
- Of the injured passengers, 20 were taken to the emergency room, with 11 in serious condition and nine in stable condition
- National Weather Service believes the turbulence may have been caused by the flight passing through a thunderstorm with a cold front bringing strong winds
At least 36 people have been injured in a ‘mass emergency’ onboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Arizona after it encountered severe turbulence.
Passengers were thrown out of their seats on Sunday during the flight from Phoenix to to Honolulu – and it’s believed 11 people were seriously hurt, including several children and a 14-month-old baby.
People onboard Flight 35 sustained a variety of injuries, including serious head injuries, cuts and bruises when they crashed on to the plane’s ceiling.
Emergency services, including firefighters, ambulance crews, and the state Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Team, were called to the airport to respond to the ‘mass casualty emergency’ that occurred around 11am.
One Twitter user posted video of some of the damage done to the roof of the cabin which appear to have been smashed into as people hit the ceiling as the plane suddenly dropped
Footage taken inside the cabin shows parts of the plane were damaged after being allegedly went flying out of their seats during the turbulence
National Weather Service believes the turbulence may have been caused by the flight passing through a thunderstorm with a cold front bringing strong winds
Of the injured individuals, 20 were taken to the emergency room, with 11 in serious condition and nine in stable condition.
One passenger took to social media following the ordeal, calling it the ‘scariest flying experience’ they had endured.
They said that there were people on board who suffered a broken neck during the chaotic turbulence.
Twitter user lynnxxy said, posting a video inside the cabin the aftermath: ‘Scariest experience flying: very strong turbulence happened mid flight & some ppl with head injuries from hitting the ceiling. I’m safe just very shaken up.
‘Some ppl in the back with broken neck, bleeding on the head & face. I hope they all recover soon as this was a very traumatic event,’ they tweeted.
‘Made it home safe but will be going to the hospital later to check if I have an injury from whiplash or on my waist from the seatbelt when I floated up from my seat a bit,’ they later added.
Passengers on the flight, who ranged in age from 14 months to adults, sustained a variety of injuries, including serious head injuries, cuts, bruises, and even some were knocked unconscious (file photo)
One Twitter user described the encounter as their ‘scariest experience flying’ and ‘traumatic’
A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Phoenix, Arizona to Honolulu, Hawaii experienced severe turbulence approximately 30 minutes before landing on Sunday, resulting in the injury of at least 36 people, 11 of whom were seriously hurt (file photo)
The National Weather Service suggested the severe turbulence may have been caused by the flight passing through a storm, as there were scattered thunderstorms in the area at the time.
The incident occurred while the plane was at cruising altitude at 36,000ft as a strong cold front began to affect the state, bringing the possibility of strong winds, heavy rains, and thunderstorms.
One passenger, Kaylee Reyes, said the turbulence occurred about half an hour before landing.
Moments earlier, mother had just sat down in her seat and had not yet fastened her seatbelt.
‘She flew up and hit the ceiling,’ Reyes told Hawaii News Now.