36 injured, including 11 seriously, after Hawaiian Airlines flight experiences “severe turbulence,” officials say


A flight from Phoenix to Honolulu left 36 people hurt, with 11 sustaining serious injuries, after the plane experienced “severe turbulence,” officials said. 

A total of 20 people aboard Hawaiian Airlines Flight 35 were taken to two local hospitals, Honolulu Emergency Medical Services confirmed. Nine of those 20 sustained minor injuries with 11 suffering serious injuries, according to EMS and officials from Hawaiian Airlines. Full details on the passengers’ injuries were not given, but airline officials said that some of the 36 total injuries initially reported included things like nausea.

The flight landed safely at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport at 10:50 a.m. and medical care was provided at the scene for passengers and crew members who suffered less serious injuries, the airline said.

“We are supporting all affected passengers & employees and are continuing to monitor the situation,” Hawaiian Airlines said in a tweet.

The cause of the turbulence has not been confirmed, although there were reports of thunderstorms in the area. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. 

There have been several instances this year of turbulence on a commercial flight causing injuries.

In July, eight people were hospitalized after an American Airlines flight from Tampa, Florida, to Nashville, Tennessee, experienced severe “unexpected turbulence” and was forced to land in Alabama, a spokesperson for Birmingham’s airport told CBS News. 

The incident came weeks after three Southwest Airlines flight attendants and one passenger on a flight from Chicago to Salt Lake City suffered minor injuries after their flight experienced “moderate turbulence.”

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