Turbulence During United Flight Causes Emergency Landing

Emergency Landing
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Severe turbulence caused a United Airlines flight to make an emergency landing this morning.

The plane, a Boeing 767 was heading from Houston to London when turbulence caused the flight to land in Shannon, Ireland.

12 people were hospitalized, ten passengers and two crewmembers.

UA spokeswoman Erin Benson told USA Today’s Today in the Sky, “United Airlines is providing care and support to customers and crew of flight UA880 which experienced severe and unexpected turbulence during a flight from Houston to London Heathrow today“.

All of the people hospitalized have since been released except for one of United’s flight attendants.

The plane made the emergency landing in Shannon around three hours after the turbulence started.

Most of the people onboard were “treated for soft tissue injuries, cuts and minor head injuries, according to a hospital statement. In addition to those hospitalized, several Flight 880 passengers received treatment for lesser injuries,” according to USA Today.

This flight sure did sound like an extremely awful experience based on reports. One passenger said that things were flying all over the plane and in the kitchen area. He also said that one FA cracked her head and was bleeding. Even the passenger’s shoulders were sore from holding the armrests during the “altitude declines“.

Find out more from USA Today here.

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