11 people seriously injured amid turbulence on Hawaii flight


HONOLULU (AP) — Nearly a dozen people were seriously injured when a flight to Hawaii was rocked by severe turbulence about 30 minutes outside Honolulu Sunday, an aid agency said.

Eleven people on the Hawaiian Airlines flight from Phoenix were taken to multiple emergency rooms in serious condition and nine others were transported in stable condition, the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services said in a statement. Shortly after 11 a.m., a call came in regarding the episode

Rescuers treated 36 people, the agency said. Of these, 20 people were transported for further medical treatment, the youngest of whom was 14 months old. The agency said the wounds included a severe head injury, cuts, bruises and loss of consciousness.

Passenger Kaylee Reyes told Hawaii News Now that her mother had just sat down when the turbulence hit and had no chance to fasten her seatbelt.

“She flew up and hit the ceiling,” Reyes said.

Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement that 13 passengers and three crew members were taken to area hospitals for further care. The airline said the plane had 278 passengers and 10 crew members on board and landed safely in Honolulu at around 10:50 a.m.

The varying number of injuries could not be reconciled immediately. The airline said it plans to hold a press conference later Sunday.

Thomas Vaughan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, said there had been a weather warning for thunderstorms encompassing Oahu and areas the flight path would have encompassed at the time of the incident.

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