'We thought we were dying': Turbulence injures 8 on Air Canada flight

An Air Canada plane flying from Shanghai to Toronto was forced to make an emergency landing in Calgary, after eight passengers were injured during severe turbulence.

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The airline issued a statement confirming 21 passengers were transported to a Calgary hospital Wednesday afternoon. It said eight were injured and 13 were sent “for observation.”

Passenger Connie Gelber described the turbulence as “unbearable” and said it was a reminder of the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

“The girl beside me, she was thrown right out of her seat, down the aisle,” Gelber said. “We thought we were dying.”

Fellow passenger Liam Burlock described the experience as “like a rollercoaster.” He said some passengers were hurt by flying baggage.

The Transportation Safety Board issued a statement saying it had sent a team of investigators to the Calgary airport to “gather information and assess the occurrence.”

Flight AC88 was travelling from Shanghai’s Pudong International airport to Toronto Pearson International Airport and was scheduled to land at 6:45 p.m. EST.

The flight touched down in Calgary at 3:23 p.m. local time instead.

The airline was rebooking Toronto-bound passengers on a flight scheduled to take off at 8 p.m. MST.

The Boeing 777-300ER was carrying 332 passengers and 19 crew members, according to Air Canada.

Injured passengers being stretchered out of airport. #ctvcalgary#ac88pic.twitter.com/QKnny8tRH2

— Rahim Ladhani (@RLadhaniCTV) December 30, 2015


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