Plane diverted back to Dublin after girl's nut allergy mid flight
Nine-year-old girl recovering after nut allergy
Published 05/08/2014 | 15:07
A transatlantic flight was forced to make a dramatic U-turn when a young girl develop a nut allergy on board.
United Airlines flight UA22 from Dublin to Newark in New Jersey was less than two hours in to its journey when the medical emergency occurred.
The airline said the Boeing 757-200 aircraft had 169 passengers and a crew of eight on board when it returned to Dublin. It landed safely shortly after 12.30pm and was grounded for the remainder of the day.
Passengers said the patient, believed to be a nine-year-old girl from America, was travelling with about six family members in business class when she fell ill and went in to suspected anaphylactic shock.
“There was an announcement that there was an emergency,” said one passenger.
“They asked if there was any doctors or nurses on board and two people came forward to help.
“Her face looked quite puffed up and she was obviously in distress.
“It appeared to be quite desperate at one point but then it calmed down when she was given an injection.”
It is understood the girl – who had apparently never shown any signs of the allergy before – was in a stable condition when she was taken from the aircraft in Dublin and taken to hospital.
United Airlines had to cancel the flight as the crew would have exceeded their legally permitted duty hours. It is scheduled to depart Dublin tomorrow afternoon.
“We are providing our customers with meals and overnight hotel accommodation,” the airline added.
“We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused.”
A spokesman for the airline said: "United Airlines flight UA22 from Dublin to New York/Newark returned to Dublin because of a medical emergency onboard.”
"The aircraft landed safely at 12:32 p.m. local time. The flight has now been cancelled as the crew exceeded their legally permitted duty hours. We are providing our customers with meals and overnight hotel accommodation.
The aircraft is scheduled to depart Dublin on August 6 at 2:00 p.m. as flight UA2064 and is expected to arrive at New York/Newark at 4:05 p.m. local time. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused,” the airline added.