TURBULENCE FORCES EMERGENCY LANDING IN IRELAND
Posted on 09/01/2016
A United Airlines flight bound for London made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport in Ireland on Wednesday after severe turbulence that left 10 passengers and two flight attendants needing hospital treatment, officials said. Others received treatment for lesser injuries at the airport.
The patients were treated for soft tissue injuries, cuts and minor head injuries, according to a hospital statement.
All but one of the injured had been discharged from University Hospital Limerick after receiving treatment for minor injuries, officials said. One patient, believed to be a flight attendant, was still being assessed.
United Airlines Flight 880 originated in Houston and was supposed to land at London's Heathrow Airport.
United said that “severe and unexpected turbulence” caused the diversion of the Boeing 767-300 plane, which was carrying 207 passengers, three cockpit crew members and 10 flight attendants.