On A Flight From Honolulu To San Francisco, 11 People Were Seriously Hurt Due To The Turbulent Weather!

11 passengers seriously injured amid turbulence on Hawaii flight

An official with Hawaiian Airlines has described the severe turbulence that injured 11 people on a flight from Phoenix to Honolulu on Sunday as an outlier.

It hasn’t had “an incident of this nature in recent history,” according to the airline’s chief operating officer, Jon Snook. They had 278 passengers and 10 crew members on board, he said at a press conference that afternoon.

Director of Honolulu EMS Jim Ireland reported that 36 patients were seen, including those with stomach problems and minor injuries. He stated that 20 people were transported to local hospitals, 11 of whom were in critical condition.

According to Snook, three flight attendants were among the injured.

“As a group, we are relieved and grateful that nobody was killed or seriously hurt. And we are optimistic that everyone will make a full recovery, “A representative from Ireland declared.

Kaylee Reyes, a passenger, told Hawaii News Now that her mother had just sat down when the turbulence hit and did not have time to fasten her seat belt.

According To Reyes, She Took A Flying Leap And Smacked The Ceiling

According to a statement released by Hawaiian Airlines, 13 customers and three employees were injured and transported to local hospitals for further treatment. The 278 passengers and 10 crew members all arrived safely in Honolulu at around 10:50 a.m., according to the airline.

According To Reyes, She Took A Flying Leap And Smacked The Ceiling

The discrepancy between the reported injury tolls could not be resolved right away.

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Thomas Vaughan, who was based in Honolulu, there was a thunderstorm watch in effect for Hawaii, including Oahu, and the region where the flight would have taken place.

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He Added That The Investigation Would Also Focus On What The Travelers And Staff Were Doing At The Time

The crew of the Airbus A330-200 declared an emergency due to the number of injuries on board, and the plane began its descent immediately after the turbulence subsided, he said. The flight was given permission to land by air traffic controllers.

Snook stated that the plane would receive a complete checkup and maintenance to fix various cabin components.

He Added That The Investigation Would Also Focus On What The Travelers And Staff Were Doing At The Time

Snook said that he could only guess based on the injuries and the damage to the cabin paneling as to whether or not some passengers hit their heads.

Snook explains that injuries happen because passengers “stay where they are as the aircraft goes down” if they aren’t wearing seatbelts. He added that the investigation will look into what else was done beyond activating the seatbelt sign to make sure everyone was wearing one.

In 2019, an Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered severe turbulence about two hours past Hawaii, resulting in injuries to 37 passengers and flight crew members. Flight 002 of a Boeing 777-200 was redirected to Honolulu so that the injured passengers could receive medical care. There were 30 hospital admissions, with 9 suffering life-threatening wounds.

In 2017, an American Airlines flight from Athens encountered severe turbulence near the New York coast while flying over the Atlantic Ocean. Nine people were hurt in total: seven crew members and three passengers.


When most people think of turbulence, they picture violent storms. However, so-called clear-air turbulence poses the greatest threat. Wind-shear can happen anywhere there are significant temperature and pressure differences, including in the clear air around thunderstorms or even in thin cirrus clouds.

Final Words

First and foremost, understand that turbulence poses no threat to passengers. Your plane is designed to withstand the worst conditions, so the discomfort will be minimal at most. Your airplane isn’t moving nearly as much as you think it is, even in the worst turbulence. To a large extent, our perceptions of turbulence are individual.


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