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Hawaiian Airlines encounters ‘severe’ turbulence, at least 11 people seriously injured on flight

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On Sunday a flight from Phoenix to Honolulu, “extreme turbulence” caused 36 injuries, 11 of which were serious injuries, according to officials.

After receiving a report just after 11 a.m., 36 persons were treated, according to the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services. Nine others were transferred in stable condition, while 11 of them were sent to multiple emergency hospitals in serious condition.


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Jim Ireland, director of Honolulu Emergency Services Department, revealed at a press conference that one individual was rendered unconscious. Ireland reported that about 10 people had nausea and vomiting. According to the airline, three of the 20 patients were crew members and 17 were passengers. 10 crew members—2 pilots, 8 flight attendants—and 278 passengers were on board the aircraft.


According to the airline, the flight safely touched down at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport at 10:50 a.m. Passengers and staff members who had less severe injuries received medical attention on the spot.

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Hawaiian Airlines posted a tweet saying, “We are supporting all impacted passengers & personnel and are continue to monitor the situation.”Despite indications of thunderstorms nearby, the reason of the turbulence has not been determined. The event is being looked into by the Federal Aviation Administration.