16 injured as plane forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon

Emergency Landing: The plane was diverted so Shannon after "severe" turbulance
Emergency Landing: The plane was diverted so Shannon after "severe" turbulance

United Airlines flight UA-880, travelling from Houston, Texas to London Heathrow, was diverted to Shannon this morning after severe turbulence left sixteen passengers and crew needing medical treatment.

The plane landed at 6am and twelve of the injured were taken to University Hospital Limerick.

A statement for the company said: “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".

An official told CBS News a total of twelve passengers and crew from the flight were treated at the hospital, having sustained primarily cuts, scrapes and minor head injuries.

All but one of them, a member of the flight crew, were discharged shortly after admission.

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