Monday 26 January 2015

Technical problem forces plane's emergency landing in Dublin

Geraldine Gittens

Published 01/06/2014 | 17:43

A passenger was taken to hospital after a New York to Dublin flight hit severe turbulence
The plane encountered a mechanical problem 35,000 feet over the Atlantic.

A US bound jet with 155 passengers on board was forced to make a u-turn to Dublin Airport this afternoon.

The plane encountered a mechanical problem 35,000 feet over the Atlantic.

United Airlines flight UA101 was en route from Manchester to Washington when it was rerouted to Dublin.

The Boeing 757-200 aircraft also had a crew of nine on board, and it landed safely in Dublin at 1.17pm.

Fire crews at Dublin Airport checked for overheated brakes and undercarriage following the aircraft’s ‘heavy’ emergency landing warning.

There were no injuries reported among passengers and crew.

A spokesperson for United Airlines said the flight was subsequently cancelled and it provided customers with meals and overnight hotel accommodation. 

A replacement aircraft is scheduled to depart Dublin tomorrow at 10:30 am as flight UA2118 and is expected to arrive at Washington/Dulles at 2:30 p.m.local time. 

The United Airlines spokesperson told independent.ie: "We regret any inconvenience experienced by our customers."

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