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07th Nov 2016

Four people injured after flight from Cork to Lanzarote experiences extreme turbulence

One female crew member is believed to have suffered a broken leg on the flight.

Three crew members and one passenger sustained injuries after an Aer Lingus flight travelling from Cork to Lanzarote experienced extreme turbulence on Saturday.

According to the Evening Echo, a female crew member suffered a broken leg, another crew member sustained head and neck injuries and a third suffered gashes to the head and arm as the plane approached Lanzarote on Saturday afternoon.

A passenger on board the flight is believed to have sustained minor injuries and all four injured parties were provided with medical treatment as soon as the plane landed in Lanzarote.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - JANUARY 07: A320 Aer Lingus taxis to terminal at PRG Airport on January 07, 2014. Aer Lingus is the national flag carrier of Ireland. It operates a fleet of only Airbus aircraft.

One of the crew members was seen in a wheelchair with her leg in a cast, while another was seen in a neck brace.

The Evening Echo reports that eye-witnesses said that those injured on the flight were extremely shaken immediately after the incident, but they are believed to doing well and on the road to recovery.

Aer Lingus Flight 876 had been scheduled to leave Cork for Lanzarote at 2pm on Saturday afternoon but didn’t depart until 3pm and eventually landed at 6.45pm, 45 minutes later than originally scheduled.

Following the injuries suffered on board the flight, a return flight to Cork on Saturday evening was cancelled and rescheduled until Sunday, when it arrived into Cork at 10.45pm.

JOE has contacted Aer Lingus for further information and is currently awaiting a response.