At least 36 people on a Hawaiian Airlines flight were injured and 20 of them were taken to emergency rooms after a flight from Phoenix to Honolulu suffered “severe turbulence” on Sunday, authorities said.
Eleven patients are in serious condition, Honolulu Emergency Medical Services said in a statement. A 14-month-old child was among those taken to hospital.
Honolulu Emergency Center said the patient’s injuries included severe head injuries, lacerations, bruises and loss of consciousness.
Hawaiian Airlines is “supporting all affected passengers and employees” and monitoring the situation, the company said. Three crew members were injured, according to the airline.
“Medical care was provided to several guests and crew members with minor injuries at the airport, while some were rushed to local hospitals for further treatment,” Hawaiian Airlines said. tweets.
The turbulence occurred 15 to 30 minutes before the plane landed in Honolulu with 278 passengers and 10 crew on board.
Emergency medical services and US Medical Response responded to a “mass casualty emergency” at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport just after 11 a.m. Sunday, the statement said.
Hawaiian Airlines Flight 35, an Airbus 330, reported turbulence at around 10:35 a.m. Hawaiian Standard Time, according to the FAA.
The airline said it was conducting a “thorough inspection” of the plane before it resumed operations.
The FAA said it was investigating the incident.