Saturday 29 April 2017

Windshield crack forces United Airlines flight to make emergency landing in Ireland

United Airlines flight (Stock photo)
United Airlines flight (Stock photo)
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this morning after a windshield cracked while flying over the Irish sea.

The flight had departed Paris earlier this morning but was diverted to Shannon at around 9.30am.

It was travelling to Newark when the pilot declared an emergency.

Passenger Valerie Rowe was one of 186 people travelling on board flight UA56. 

"There was a huge windshield crack but everyone seemed calm because nobody knew exactly what was going on at the time," she told Independent.ie. 

The flight landed safely at around 10:13am.

Passengers have been put up in a local hotel while a windshield change is being completed.

It is expected that their flight will depart at 18.30pm this evening.

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