By Elaine Tubridy
All but one of 12 passengers and crew have been released from hospital following an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this morning. It is believed the passengers and crew suffered injuries as a result of severe turbulence on United Airlines flight UA-880, flying from Houston to London Heathrow, which made an unscheduled landing at Shannon Airport just before 6am. The Boeing 767-300 jet had 13 crew and 207 passengers on board.
UL Hospital released a statement following this morning’s incident. “Staff at UHL were notified at approximately 5.30am of an incident aboard a transatlantic flight and that a medical diversion was being made to Shannon Airport with a possible 23 casualties.
“The Clinical Decision Unit and paediatric area within the ED (Emergency Department) were cleared in anticipation of patients being brought from the airport.
“When the aircraft landed, initial assessment was carried out by the National Ambulance Service and airport first responders. A total of 12 people were transported to hospital, nine adults and three children. Two of the 12 were crew members.
“The casualties in the main presented with soft tissue injuries, minor head injuries and lacerations. As of 10.30am on Wednesday, one patient was still being assessed and the remaining 11 were discharged,” the statement reads.
Hospital staff are working with the airline to transport the passengers back to Shannon Airport to continue their onward journey to London.