February 3, 2023

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The plane was heading to Hawaii, and it experienced severe turbulence. “It was like a free fall.”

Hawaii officials said at least 20 people were injured in turbulence during a flight from Phoenix to Honolulu. Dozens have been taken to hospital, but none are in critical condition. Pictures and videos showing the damage inside the device have surfaced online.

The incident occurred on December 18 on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Phoenix to Honolulu, Hawaii. It was carrying 288 people – 278 passengers and 10 crew members. As stated in a statement from the operating airlines, the Airbus A330 encountered turbulence when it was about 30 minutes away from the destination airport. Prior to 11 a.m. local time, the plane landed safely at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, but many passengers required medical attention.

Hawaiian Airlines said 20 people were injured in the turbulence. Thirteen of them, including three crew members, were hospitalized. Some media wrote about 36 victims.

Honolulu Department of Emergency Services director Jim Ireland said 11 of the victims were initially considered to be in serious condition. No one was in critical condition. Injuries include head cuts, bumps and bruises, a few people have nausea and vomiting, some people have lost consciousness. The youngest hospitalized is a 14-month-old.

The airline apologized to passengers for the incident and said it would conduct an investigation into the cause of the dangerous situation.

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He added, “We are very happy that there were no deaths or that there are people in critical condition. We also hope that all the injured will recover fully.” He added that such incidents are “very rare”.

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Kaylee Reyes, a passenger, tells Hawaii News Now that when the turbulence began, her mother, who was also on the plane, wasn’t wearing her seatbelt. “She didn’t get a chance to install it, she was thrown so high she hit her head on the ceiling,” Reyes explained.

Jase Hayata Anno, an 18-year-old student who was also on the Airbus A330, told CNN that the turbulence was normal at first, but it soon became more intense. “It was like a free fall,” the woman described.

Pictures and videos appeared on social media showing the damage to the aircraft, and it is noted that it was damaged, among other things, the roof of the machine. One of the videos shared on the net captured the moment the services took the injured to the hospital. However, there are no recordings that just show the disorder, at least for the time being.

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