Severe injuries caused by turbulence on Air Canada flight

Air Canada says about 35 passengers have been injured after a flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered turbulence at 36,000 feet.
1:59 | 07/11/19

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Also just in tonight, the passenger jet rocked by sudden and severe turbulence, 36,000 feet in the air with no warning over the pacific. The jet then plummeting. Three dozen passengers hurt. The air Canada flight made an emergency landing in Hawaii. ABC's David Kerley covers aviation. Reporter: Oxygen masks dangling in the Boeing 777 right after that severe turbulence. Half the cabin didn't have seat belts on, and there was no warn, and then half of them, their head hit the roof. Reporter: The air Canada jet had left Vancouver for Sydney and halfway over the pacific, the pilots turned on the fasten seat belt lights. But before people even had time to get back to their seats, the plane just dropped. And everybody hit the floor or hit the roof. Everyone's head who wasn't belted in hit the roof like a jack in the box. It was scary to see. Reporter: The pilots diverting to Hawaii, 600 miles away. Five doctors on board start treating the 35 injured. There were 284 people on board. It was a scene from a movie. Worst possible scenario where plane is about to crash, it was like that. People went whack, straight up in the air, and then from there, masks came down, people are scream egg, kids were crying. Charlie nine will be your gate and medical personnel will be standing by. Reporter: Turbulence can hit with little or no warning. This is one of the most severe cases from just last month. A flight attendant picking up glasses over Europe when she and her cart are thrown to the ceiling. The airline says she was not injured. In the U.S., these turbulence events happen nearly 30 times a year, injuring more than 80 word from Hawaii tonight that among those who were injured, some hurt seriously. Got us out of a very traumatic experience. But I'm glad we're here anyway. Reporter: Of the 37 injured, hawaiian officials are telling 30 of them were taken to the hospital and nine of them, their injuries were described as serious. David? ABC's David Kerley, our thanks to you tonight.

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