HONOLULU– Nearly a dozen people were seriously injured when a flight bound for Hawaii was rocked by severe turbulence about 30 minutes outside of Honolulu on Sunday, an emergency organization said.
Eleven people were hospitalized in serious condition and nine others were in stable condition, the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services said in a statement. A call came in shortly after 11 a.m. about the injuries on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Phoenix. Emergency services treated 36 people, 20 of whom were transported for further medical treatment.
The statement said the wounds included a serious head injury, lacerations, bruising and loss of consciousness.
Passenger Kaylee Reyes told Hawaii News Now that her mother had just sat down when the turbulence hit and didn’t have a chance to buckle her seat belt.
“She flew up and hit the ceiling,” Reyes said.
Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement that 13 passengers and three crew members were taken to area hospitals for further treatment. The airline said the plane was carrying 278 passengers and 10 crew and landed safely in Honolulu around 10:50 a.m
The different number of injuries could not be immediately reconciled.
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