BREAKING | Three dozen passengers hurt after Air Canada flight hits 'severe turbulence'

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Nearly three dozen passengers sustained minor injuries today when an Air Canada flight travelling from Toronto to Sydney, Australia, ran into severe turbulence.

The incident prompted an emergency landing in Honolulu.

The airline says Flight AC33, which made a scheduled stopover in Vancouver Wednesday night, was about two hours past Hawaii over the Pacific Ocean when the conditions triggered a turnaround, resulting in 35 injuries.

The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, had 269 passengers on board, some of whom received medical assistance on arrival at Honolulu airport.