Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Calgary after passengers injured by turbulence


Emergency crews are beginning to treat roughly 20 aircraft passengers who suffered neck and back injuries due to turbulence while on a flight that has landed at Calgary International Airport.

Air Canada has confirmed that flight AC88, en route to Toronto from Shanghai, made an unscheduled landing in Calgary at about 3:15 p.m. local time today.

“While Air Canada can confirm that there were some injuries due to turbulence encountered en route requiring hospitalization for assessment, an exact number is not available at this time,” the airline said in a statement.

Carol Henke, spokeswoman for the fire department, said she has received reports that about 20 passengers were injured by turbulence. She was unaware of the extent of their injuries.

Eight passengers have so far been taken by stretcher from the terminal to waiting ambulances.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said it has sent two investigators to the Calgary airport to find out what led to the injuries. The investigators will request the aircraft’s black box and will interview Air Canada employees.

“They will see if they can gather enough evidence to understand what happened,” said Julie Leroux, spokeswoman with the oversight agency.

According to Air Canada, a preliminary passenger list indicates the plane was carrying 332 passengers and 19 crew members.

Calgary Herald

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Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia NetworkCalgary EMS transport one of numerous patients from a Air Canada flight after experiencing turbulence at the Calgary Airport in Calgary on Wednesday Dec. 30, 2015.
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Stuart Dryden/Postmedia NetworkAn Air Canada Boeing 777 arrives at the Calgary International Airport after a number of passengers were injured on the flight from China to Toronto on Wednesday Dec. 30, 2015.

30/12/2015 19:28  By: National Post