Transatlantic flight makes emergency landing in Ireland, 16 hospitalised

United Airlines makes emergency landing at Shannon Airport, Ireland
United Airlines makes emergency landing at Shannon Airport, Ireland

Sixteen people have been injured after turbulence prompted a transatlantic flight to make an emergency landing in the Republic of Ireland.

Fourteen passengers and two crew members were taken to hospital from Shannon Airport at about 06:00 BST.

The United Airlines flight was travelling from Houston, Texas, to London Heathrow.

The emergency landing followed “severe and unexpected turbulence”, said the airline in a statement.

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

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

“The aircraft diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland where it was met by medical personnel,” said the airline.

“United Airlines is providing care and support to customers and crew of flight UA-880.”

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