Aer Lingus plane does U-turn as crew fall ill
Published 16/06/2014 | 02:30
AN Aer Lingus flight en route from Dublin to the US was forced to return to Ireland after a number of crew members suddenly fell ill.
The Boston-bound aircraft had been in the air for two hours and 15 minutes when the captain decided to turn back.
Passengers were informed that the aircraft would need to land to ensure the safety of the sick crew members.
Airport emergency services along with paramedics were waiting for the plane when it landed. It is understood those feeling unwell were then taken to hospital for observation.
Aer Lingus flight EI139 had departed at 4.23pm with 280 passengers on board.
A spokesman said eight cabin crew members were on board at the time, and it is understood that seven of them reported feeling unwell. He said the captain was not one of those affected, and none of the other flight crew are believed to have fallen ill.
The aircraft landed safely at 8.40pm.
The crew did not declare an emergency.
None of the staff required hospital treatment.
The almost 300 passengers are expected to make their trip today, after spending the night in a number of hotels in Dublin.
Aer Lingus has launched an investigation into the issue.