21 Injured On The "Flight From Hell"

  • Dec 31, 2015 6:00am GMT

21 people were injured after severe turbulence forced an Air Canada Boeing 777 to make an emergency landing in Calgary yesterday.

Flight AC88 en route from Shanghai was headed to Toronto but was diverted to Calgary after hitting the heavy turbulence over Alaska. All those transported to Calgary area hospitals were in stable condition with non-life threatening neck and back injuries, according to an Emergency Medical Services spokesperson.

Air Canada said Flight AC088's Boeing 777 was carrying 332 passengers and 19 crew members on Wednesday. It said the aircraft landed without incident. Fire and other emergency crews were on hand when the plane landed. NTSB will investigate.

“It was the flight from hell,” said passenger Connie Gelber telling CBC News, “The girl beside me was thrown right out of her seat down the aisle. We thought we were dying. Even the stewards (said that) never in any of their years had (they) seen anything like it.”

Gelber also said that it appeared the most seriously injured had ignored the pilot’s warning and had not buckled up. “They did not have their seatbelts on, and that’s a lesson to be learned to all of you, put your seatbelts on, even when it’s sunshine.”

VIDEO: The Star TV raw footage / passenger reaction