Emergency landing in Shannon hospitalises fourteen

Emergency landing in Shannon hospitalises fourteen

A number of people have been injured after severe turbulence forced a transatlantic flight to make an emergency landing in Ireland.

Fourteen passengers and two crew members were taken to hospital from Shannon airport early this morning.

The United Airlines flight was travelling from Houston to Heathrow.

The emergency landing followed "severe and unexpected turbulence," the airline said.

The injured passengers and crew were taken to University Hospital, Limerick, for treatment.

The Boeing 767-300 had 207 passengers and 13 crew members on board.

The US carrier said: “United Airlines is providing care and support to customers and crew of flight UA-880 which experienced severe and unexpected turbulence during a flight from Houston to London Heathrow today.

“The aircraft diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland where it was met by medical personnel.

“Fourteen customers and two flight attendants have been taken to a local hospital.

“We wish these passengers and crew a quick recovery from their injuries.”


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