Passengers recount “scary” Air Canada flight

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Passengers describe their frightening experiences when their Air Canada flight encountered severe turbulence en route from Shanghai to Toronto. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Passengers recount “scary” Air Canada flight


Eyewitnesses have described harrowing turbulence aboard an Air Canada flight diverted to Calgary on Wednesday (December 30) in which 21 passengers were injured.

The turbulence forced Air Canada flight 88, headed from Shanghai to Toronto, to land in Calgary so that injured passengers could be treated.

“When we arrived we assessed a total of 25 passengers aboard the aircraft; we have ultimately transported a total of 21 passengers to area hospitals. All of them are non-life threatening conditions at this time, however approximately seven of those patients, all adults, did sustain possible musculoskeletal injuries or neck and back injuries. But at this time it’s all believed to be non-life threatening,” said EMS spokesman Stuart Brideaux.

Yi Lee, who was on the flight, said the turbulence was unsettling.

“To start with it was just okay, normal just up and down, and all of a sudden it was really violent and just shaking everybody off. And you can see all the blankets… most of the people, their blankets just flew away,” he said.

But other passengers took the incident in stride.

“It was a little scary, but I’ll be honest, all of the crew were very professional, they handled themselves really well, everyone stayed calm,” said Gord Murray. “It could have been much worse.”

The passengers who were not injured were booked onto other flights to continue their journeys.

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