Dozens Injured After Turbulence On Hawaii Flight: According to officials, a Hawaiian Airlines flight headed to Honolulu suffered significant turbulence, described as an “infrequent” occurrence. Twenty passengers were hurt. As a result, three of them were crew members.
Around 10:30 a.m., the pilots of Hawaiian Airlines Flight 35 reported experiencing extreme turbulence as it was traveling from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Hawaii Standard Time on Sunday, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to Honolulu EMS, the Airbus A330 started experiencing turbulence around 30 minutes after leaving Honolulu. At around 10:50 a.m., the plane landed safely in Honolulu, according to a Hawaiian Airlines statement. According to officials and emergency medical technicians, thirty-six individuals were treated at the scene.
According to officials, 278 passengers and ten crew members were on board when the flight took off. According to Hawaiian Airlines COO Jon Snook, twenty individuals were hurt during a press conference. Three crew members were among the 13 who were sent to nearby hospitals.
Jim Ireland, head of the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, claims that nine injured were initially classified as mild, while seven were initially classified as severe. According to authorities, nobody is currently in a critical state. Snook said they are “grateful that it appears at this time that none of those visitors that were sent to hospital are in critical condition.”
According to Honolulu EMS, the youngest patient treated was 14 months old. According to officials, injuries included head lacerations, bumps, bruises, and loss of consciousness. Several persons also reported experiencing nausea and vomiting.
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According to Snook, the seatbelt sign was illuminated during the turbulence. According to officials, the area had unstable air, but there was no indication that the specific air patch was hazardous. The precise amount of altitude dropped was not immediately known.
(1/2) UPDATE: We are continuing to support our guests and employees who sustained injuries today after Flight HA35 from PHX to HNL encountered severe turbulence. We are also conducting a thorough inspection of the aircraft before returning it to service.
— Hawaiian Airlines (@HawaiianAir) December 19, 2022
According to officials, the flight crew made a direct descent at the airport, where emergency personnel was waiting after declaring an emergency. Jim Ireland, director of Honolulu EMS, described this kind of incident as “extremely rare.”
On Sunday night, Hawaiian Airlines issued a statement stating that it was still providing care for the 17 passengers and three crew members who were hurt during flight 35 from Phoenix to Honolulu. At about 10:50 a.m., an Airbus A330 carrying 278 passengers and ten crew members landed safely in Honolulu.
A strong cold front is passing through and impacting #Hawaii today and Monday with a variety of weather, including damaging winds, potential severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding. Here are all the the weather hazards currently in effect across the Hawaiian Islands. pic.twitter.com/9JwdNAaBcf
— National Weather Service (@NWS) December 18, 2022
“We apologize to our visitors for this event and appreciate the quick action of our crew, first responders, hospital staff, and airport teams. Before resuming service, Hawaiian gives the aircraft a thorough check. “It was awful.
Ireland stated, “We feel lucky that there were no fatalities or other serious injuries. “Our thoughts are with them and their families, and we are also quite optimistic that they will all recover and make a full recovery. Today’s answer was collaborative.”
20 People were sent to the hospital after a flight from Phoenix had severe turbulence before landing in Hawaii.
— Michael Raimondi (@mraimonditv) December 19, 2022
According to the organization, the FAA is looking into the event. According to officials, the National Transportation Safety Board will also be involved in the inquiry.