Several United Flight Passengers Hospitalized as Severe Turbulence Forces Landing


Several people were hospitalized after a United Airlines flight was forced to divert after experiencing severe turbulence on Friday.

High winds forced a flight from Tel-Aviv, which was intended for Newark Airport, to instead land at New York Stewart International Airport in Orange County, New York, Westchester News 12 reported.

The flight tracking site, FlightAware shows that the plane approached Newark airport before circling back North and landing at New York International.

“We responded to NY International Airport with 10 EMS units to evaluate passengers on a United flight that had hit turbulence,” New Windsor EMS Chief Michael Bigg told The Daily Beast, adding that “7 passengers were taken to a local hospital and others were evaluated for other medical concerns.”

Westchester News 12 reported that seven passengers were then transported by New Windsor EMS to Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall hospital, while 15 received treatment onsite. No serious injuries were reported. New Windsor EMS said that multiple people were treated for motion sickness, and others described feeling nauseated and had chest pains.

The FAA told Westchester News 12 that the flight landed safely around 6:45 p.m. local time on Friday after the crew reported a passenger medical emergency. The FAA will investigate.

On Thursday, another United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver after its crew said there was an issue with one of the engines. The incidents are just the latest in a series of recent problematic flights involving the airline.

United Airlines did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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