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'Severe turbulence' caused loss of altitude on United Airlines flight to Dublin

One elderly person was taken to hospital after sustaining a cut to the head and seven others were treated at the scene.

Image: Michael Freeman/TheJournal.ie

Updated 19.30

A NUMBER OF passengers on a United Airlines flight that landed in Dublin Airport this morning sustained minor injuries when the plane lost height while in the air after experiencing severe turbulence.

It is understood that the Boeing 757, which was flying from New York, lost altitude suddenly during the descent into Dublin. It landed safely in the airport just before 7am.

TheJournal.ie understands that one elderly person was taken to hospital by ambulance with a cut to their head and seven other passengers were treated at the scene for minor surface injuries.

A spokesperson for United Airlines said the plane encountered “severe turbulence” during its descent, during which the seatbelt sign was illuminated.

“The Boeing 757 with 129 customers and 8 crew on board landed safely at Dublin Airport where it was met by medical personnel and United customer service staff,” the spokesperson said.

“One customer was taken to hospital to receive medical attention and has since been discharged. Seven other customers sustained minor injuries and were released by medical services,” he said.

A Dublin Airport Authority spokesperson confirmed that emergency services did attend and there were no issues with the plane on the runway.

United Airlines said it is conducting a review into what happened.

This article was first published at 12pm.

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