Transcript for 21 Injured in Severe Turbulence on Air Canada Flight
Now to a midair scare. An air Canada flight ran into violent turbulence and was forced to make an emergency landing. More than 20 passengers injured. Several taken off on stretchers. ABC's David Kerley is at Reagan national airport with the latest on that, good morning, David. Reporter: Morning, Amy. This hit so quickly so many passengers injured the pilots decided to divert and get the plane on the ground so they could get medical help. Overnight, new photos from inside the air Canada flight which was forced to divert because of severe turbulence. We're being told there are four serious injuries. Will require assistance. Reporter: Passenger pictures showing oxygen masks deployed, trash and belongings littering the floor all a result of the sudden turbulence which tossed the plane around. It was just like the roller coaster, the plane would just go down very straight and go down and lots of screaming. We're just helping one person. Reporter: Some of the passengers removed on stretchers with neck braces, in all 21 passengers including three children were hurt and taken to local hospitals. The Boeing 777 was carrying 351 passengers and crew on a flight from Shanghai to Toronto. But over western north America that turbulence hit and the diversion to Calgary with passengers complaining of neck, back and rib injuries. We don't have patients that have greater injury or none are life-threatening. Reporter: As crews were treating passengers Canada's transportation safety board started its investigation. None of the injuries were life-threatening. The good news most of the passengers were released overnight. That is good news, indeed. David Kerley, thanks so much.
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