Multiple injuries have been reported after a plane carrying several Mynderse Academy high school students en route to San José, Costa Rica hit severe turbulence and had to return to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. The incident happened onboard an Air Canada Rouge flight at around 8 pm on Thursday in the air over the mid-eastern United States.
Paramedics told Toronto media that two flight attendants suffered minor injuries in the incident and were all transported to hospital to be assessed. No Mynderse students were injured but several were visibly upset when exiting the plane upon landing back in Toronto. The students are on the trip to Costa Rica as members of the school’s spanish club.
Parents became aware that something was wrong when some of them were tracking the flight online and saw it had turned around. They called Air Cananda and were informed about the incident.
In a statement, Air Canada confirmed the return after “encountering turbulence.”
“As a precautionary measure airport emergency services met the aircraft upon arrival,” the statement said.
Air Canada said passengers from the flight, including the Mynderse contingent, redeparted for their destination onboard another aircraft shortly after 10 pm EST.