Reprinted from avherald.com. By Simon Hradecky.
An Air Canada Boeing 777-300, registration C-FRAM performing flight AC-88 from Shanghai Pudong (China) to Toronto, ON (Canada) with 339 passengers and 19 crew, was enroute at FL330 about 60nm south of Dawson City,YT (Canada) at about 19:50Z when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing injuries to 21 people on board.
The crew subsequently set course to divert to Calgary, AB (Canada) about 1000nm from their present position. The aircraft landed safely in Calgary about 2.5 hours later. The injured were taken to hospitals, 7 with potential neck and head injuries, the others for minor injuries.
Passengers reported everything not fastened went flying in the cabin, a number of passengers not wearing their seat belts impacted and damaged the cabin ceiling with their heads, a number of passenger oxygen masks came down.
The Canadian TSB have dispatched investigators to Calgary.
On Jan 5th 2016 the TSB reported the aircraft encountered severe turbulence about 85 eastnortheast of Anchorage, AK (USA) causing various injuries to 21 passengers. At the same time the crew received a “R BLEED” EICAS message causing the shut down of the right hand #2 air conditioning system. The aircraft diverted to Calgary and landed about 2.75 hours later. The aircraft sustained damage to its interior furnishing and a failed clamp holding a duct of the #2 air conditioning system.
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