Passengers on an Air Canada airplane described the chaos of extreme turbulence that threw them to the ceiling, prompted the flight to make an emergency landing, and put 30 people in hospital.
The flight from Vancouver, Canada, to Sydney, Australia, was compelled to make an emergency touchdown in Hawaii on Thursday after severe turbulence that jolted passengers out of their seats and across the plane.
Thirty-seven individuals were injured, with nine of those left in a serious situation, The Related Press reported on Friday.
30 passengers were taken to hospital in Hawaii as a result. Only one passenger was still in hospital and was expected to be released soon, an Air Canada spokesperson advised Reuters.
One passenger, Stephanie Beam, instructed The Associated Press that “the plane just dropped.”
“When we hit turbulence, I woke up and looked over to make sure my kids have been buckled. The next factor I knew there’s just actually bodies on the ceiling of the plane.
Australian band Hurricane Fall shared footage of the inside of the cabin after the turbulence that passengers stated was so bad that people have been thrown up to the ceiling.
The video shows oxygen masks descended from the overhead compartments, the cabin lights dimmed and replaced with purple light, and a few passengers rising to speak to each other. “It’s loopy, man,” one passenger says.