UPDATE 4-Passengers injured on rocky Air Canada flight

Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:19pm EST
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By Jeffrey Jones

CALGARY, Alberta Jan 10 (Reuters) - Eight passengers and two crew members were injured on Thursday after an Air Canada ACb.TO jet bucked in midair on a flight across Canada, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Calgary.

Those hurt in what was described as sharp drops in altitude and violent rocking were rushed to Calgary hospitals, where their injuries were deemed to be non-life-threatening. Others were treated and released.

"It happened very fast," a female passenger in the plane's front cabin told CBC Television.

"One side of the plane just went up a little bit sideways and then it just sort of went back down. And our friend was really hurt ... she flew up and hit the ceiling and (came) right back down."

Flight AC190, an Airbus A319 ARBU.UL EAD.PA with 83 passengers and five crew aboard, was en route to Toronto from Victoria, British Columbia, when the plane jolted and rocked above the Rocky Mountains, throwing some passengers out of their seats. Severe air turbulence is suspected.

The plane made the unscheduled landing at 8:30 a.m. local time at Calgary International Airport, where 11 ambulances and more than 20 firefighting vehicles were waiting.

An emergency medical services spokesman said six injured passengers were taken from the plane on stretchers.   Continued...