‘Severe Turbulence’ Injures 16 On Heathrow-Bound Flight

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 9: A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by United Airlines takes off at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Two separate 787 jets operated by Japan Airlines (JAL) experienced mechanical problems in Boston this week. A fuel leak during takeoff forced one to return to the terminal the day after a fire erupted aboard a different Dreamliner parked at a gate shortly after landing. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

A United Airlines flight from Houston to Heathrow makes an emergency landing at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

United Airlines said it was providing ‘care and support’ for passengers and crew members. Pic: File

A London-bound flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Ireland after 16 people were injured during “severe and unexpected turbulence”.

United Airlines flight UA-880 was diverted mid-flight and made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport at around 6am.

The Boeing 767-300 jet was flying from Houston in Texas to Heathrow.

On its arrival at Shannon Airport, 14 passengers and two crew members were taken to University Limerick Hospital with minor injuries.

The United Airlines jet was flying from Houston to Heathrow

In a statement, United Airlines told RTE that the aircraft “experienced severe and unexpected turbulence”.

A spokesperson added: “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.”

The flight had 207 passengers and 13 crew members on board.



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