'Severe turbulence' injures 8 on United flight to Ireland

Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

Several passengers on a transatlantic United Airlines flights were injured after the Dublin-bound Boeing 757 encountered "severe turbulence."

The Nationalist of Ireland writes "emergency fire crew and ambulance paramedics were scrambled to the runway" to meet United Flight 23 upon landing in Dublin early Sunday morning.

"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," United says in a statement to Ireland's Independentnewspaper.

The Independent reports there were 129 passengers and eight crew on the flight, which departed from United's hub at Newark Liberty International Airport on Saturday evening.

A United spokeswoman tells the Independent that the seatbelt sign was on when the plane hit "severe turbulence."


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