HONOLULU — At least 36 people on a Hawaiian Airlines flight were injured, with 20 taken to the emergency room, after their plane encountered “severe turbulence” during a flight from Phoenix to Honolulu on Sunday, authorities said.
Eleven patients are in critical condition, Honolulu EMS said in a statement. Among those taken to the hospital was a 14-month-old child. This is reported by CNN.
The patients’ injuries included serious head trauma, lacerations, bruising and loss of consciousness, Honolulu EMS said.
Hawaiian Airlines “supports all affected passengers and employees” and monitoring the situation, the company reported.
“Medical assistance was provided to several guests and crew members at the airport with minor injuries, some of whom were rushed to local hospitals for further treatment,” Hawaiian Airlines tweeted.
The turbulence occurred 30 minutes before the plane landed in Honolulu.
According to the statement, EMS and US Medical Response responded to a “mass casualty emergency” at Daniel K. Inoue International Airport just after 11 a.m. Sunday.
According to the US Federal Aviation Administration, Hawaiian Airlines Flight 35, an Airbus 330, reported turbulence around 10:35 a.m. HST.
The FAA said it is investigating the incident.
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