Hawaiian Airlines encounters ‘severe’ turbulence, at least 11 people seriously injured on flight. The airlines said the plane was carrying 278 passengers and 10 crew members.
A flight from Phoenix to Hawaii was rocked by severe turbulence Sunday morning some 30 minutes from Honolulu and nearly a dozen people were seriously injured.
The Honolulu Emergency Medical Services said it received a call shortly after 11 a.m. and responders treated 36 people. Of those, 11 were taken to multiple emergency rooms in serious condition, and nine others were transported in stable condition
Twenty people were transported for further medical treatment, the youngest of whom was 14 months old. The agency said the wounds included a serious head injury, lacerations, bruising, and loss of consciousness.
“HA35 from PHX to HNL encountered severe turbulence & landed safely in HNL at 10:50 a.m. today,” Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement. “Medical care was provided to several guests & crewmembers at the airport for minor injuries while some were swiftly transported to hospitals for further care.”