Shannon Airport emergency landing: 16 in hospital

Published On: August 31, 2016 03:30 PM NPT By: BBC

IRELAND, Aug 31: 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 "unexpected turbulence", said the airline.

"The aircraft diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland where it was met by medical personnel," said a statement.

The injured passengers and crew were taken to hospital in Limerick.

"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," said the airline.


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