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20 people injured in turbulence on Air Canada flight

By Shawn Price   |   Dec. 30, 2015 at 10:50 PM
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CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- As many as 21 people were injured during severe turbulence on an Air Canada flight Wednesday, forcing the plane to land, the airline said.

The Boeing 777-300 ER with 332 passengers and 19 crew aboard was en route to Shanghai, China from Toronto when pilots first tried to avoid the unstable air, then had to fly through some of it, injuring 21 people.

The flight was forced to land in Calgary at 3:23 p.m., where the 21 passengers were taken to an area hospital, Air Canada said. Eight had non-life threatening injuries and 13 were kept for observation.

Airport video cameras show one person being removed from the plane on a gurney.

Three children were among the injured. Seven adults appeared to have signs of potential neck and back injuries, Alberta Health Services spokesman Stuart Brideaux said.

"Air Canada will be making arrangements to accommodate all other passengers, including those continuing on to Toronto," the airline said in a statement. "A full investigation of the incident is being undertaken."

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