Air Canada confirmed that it made an emergency landing at 5:23 p.m. Eastern Time in Calgary. There were some injuries from the turbulence. Air Canada reported that 21 people were transported to local hospitals. Eight of the passengers had injuries that were non life-threatening and 13 of the passengers were transported to hospitals for observation. The plane was on its way from Shanghai, China to Toronto.
One passenger on the plane reported to CBS News that some passengers went flying up to the ceiling of the plane, probably because they were not wearing their seat belts. The passengers had been warned repeatedly to put their seat belts on.
Once the plane landed, medical personnel and Air Canada personnel met the plane in Calgary and assisted people who were injured.
The flight had 332 passengers and 19 crew members. There will be further investigation into the incident. The passengers on Air Canada Flight 88 were on a Boeing 777-300ER.
In a statement released on December 30, 2015 Air Canada officials stated that
“Air Canada is making arrangements to accommodate all passengers including those continuing on to. Toronto. Air Canada is cooperating fully with the Transportation Safety Board in its investigation of this incident.”
Photo of Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER by Lars Steffens