Saturday 25 November 2017

Aer Lingus flight bound for US forced to do U-turn after 'medical emergency' on board

The incident happened two hours into flight

The flight had 293 passengers on board
The flight had 293 passengers on board
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

An Aer Lingus flight travelling to Chicago had to do a U-turn after declaring a medical emergency on board.

The airplane was two hours into the flight when a decision was made to return to Dublin.

Flight EI-123 had departed from Dublin Airport shortly before midday.

There was 293 guests on board and the flight was subsequently cancelled.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus said the guests will all be re-booked on flights.

"The flight landed safely at Dublin at 15:30 and the guest requiring medical attention disembarked.

"For operational reasons EI 123 and EI 122 have been cancelled and guests will be re-booked on flights tomorrow, Sunday 30th April. Aer Lingus would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to guests."

A passenger on board the flight told Independent.ie that some passengers have been put on Monday flights and that they had to wait three hours to get booked into a hotel.

"It was crazy, we were waiting [in the airport] for hours. Most people will be there early in the morning to try to rebook."

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