Peo­ple in­jured on tur­bu­lent Air Canada flight not wear­ing seat­belts: re­port

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

CAL­GARY — The Trans­porta­tion Safety Board says pas­sen­gers not wear­ing seat­belts — even af­ter they were told to buckle up — led to the in­jury of 21 peo­ple on a tur­bu­lent Air Canada flight to Toronto from China in De­cem­ber 2015.

The Boe­ing 777 car­ry­ing 332 pas­sen­gers hit se­vere tur­bu­lence at 33,000 feet over Alaska and was force to di­vert to Cal­gary so the in­jured could be treated.

The safety board says in its fi­nal re­port that the crew gave sev­eral warn­ings in mul­ti­ple lan­guages 35 min­utes be­fore the flight en­tered the area where tur­bu­lence was ex­pected.

Still, the board says, peo­ple were thrown into the ceil­ing and back down to the floor be­cause they weren’t strapped in.

The board notes that the tur­bu­lence oc­curred while many pas­sen­gers were sleep­ing and low light­ing and blan­kets made it dif­fi­cult for crew to ver­ify seat­belts were fas­tened.

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