A United Airlines Flight Had to Make an Emergency Landing

August 31, 2016, 12:46 PM UTC
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A United Airlines jet taxis at O'Hare International Airport on September 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, 67 million passengers passed through O'Hare, another 20 million passed through Chicago's Midway Airport, and the two airports combined moved more than 1.4 million tons of air cargo.
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Fourteen passengers and two crew members were injured on Wednesday when a United Airlines (UAL) flight ran into severe turbulence and had to divert to Ireland’s Shannon Airport, the airport said.

Ambulances were at the scene when the Boeing aircraft that was en route from Houston to London Heathrow landed at 4:55 AM local time. Ten of the passengers and the two crew members were taken to a local hospital, a United Airlines spokesman said.

 

The casualties, three of whom were children, had soft tissue injuries, minor head injuries and lacerations, University Hospital Limerick said in a statement. All but one person had been discharged by 9:30 AM.

 

The 207 passengers on the flight would continue their journey to London later on Wednesday on an alternative aircraft, United Airlines said.