9 hurt after Air Canada flight hits turbulence
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — An Air Canada jetliner made an
emergency landing in Calgary on Thursday after nine people aboard were
injured when the Airbus A319 hit turbulence during a cross-country
flight, an official said. None of the injuries were life-threatening, said Bryce Paton of the Calgary Airport Authority.
The jet, carrying 88 people from Victoria, British Columbia, to
Toronto, was diverted to Calgary for the emergency landing, officials
said. The plane landed safely at 8:30 a.m. with a request for
medical units to meet the aircraft because of injuries on board, Paton
said. Ambulances surrounded the jet and paramedics tended to the
injured. Stuart Brideaux of Calgary Emergency Medical Services
told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that 14 people were injured. But
he later said at a briefing that nine were hurt, including six who were
taken to a hospital in stable condition. The three others suffered
minor injuries. “We don’t have any major injuries,” Brideaux said. Air Canada said the plane was carrying 83 passengers and five crew members.
“It happened very fast,” one unidentified female passenger told the
media at the airport. “One side of the plane just went up a little bit
sideways and then just went back down. Our friend was really hurt. …
She flew up and hit the ceiling and went back down.”
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