Heavy turbulence leaves 36 people injured on Hawaiian Airlines flight

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At least 36 people were injured due to severe turbulence on a Hawaiian Airlines flight between the cities of Phoenix and Honolulu.

“Flight HA35 encountered severe turbulence and landed safely in Honolulu at 10:50 a.m. (local time) this Sunday,” the airline explained via Twitter.

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“Medical attention was provided to several passengers and crew members at the airport for minor injuries, while some were rushed to local hospitals for additional care,” the company added.

“We are supporting all affected passengers and employees and continue to monitor the situation,” the airline said, while CNN reported that 11 people were in serious condition, according to Honolulu Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Among those taken to hospital were a 14-month-old child and three crew members, who have lacerations, bruises and loss of consciousness, among other injuries.

The turbulence occurred between 15 and 30 minutes before the plane landed in Honolulu, with 278 passengers and 10 crew members on board, according to the U.S. network.

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