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Eleven have been rushed to hospital after the flight from Barbados to Manchester made an emergency landing in Bermuda

Vaseline 2 months ago

Extreme turbulence forced a cruise charter flight from Barbados to Manchester to divert to Bermuda after 11 passengers were injured.

The 225 passengers on board had been on a P&O Caribbean cruise and expected to be back in Britain in time for Christmas Day. The 13 crew members were unharmed.

After the emergency diversion, passengers will spend three days in Bermuda: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and most of Boxing Day.

Maleth Aero Flight 1975 had departed Barbados an hour late and was expected to arrive in Manchester shortly before 6am on 24 December.

Two and a half hours into the flight, while flying at 38,000 feet, the Airbus A300-200 experienced severe “clear air turbulence.”

The pilots were diverted to the nearest airport: Bermuda’s LF Wade International Airport, landing on Christmas Eve five hours after takeoff.

Maleth Aero Flight 1975, an Airbus A300-200 flying a transatlantic route from Barbados to Manchester, reportedly had to make an emergency landing at LF Wade International Airport, Bermuda (n/a)Maleth Aero Flight 1975, an Airbus A300-200 flying a transatlantic route from Barbados to Manchester, reportedly had to make an emergency landing at LF Wade International Airport, Bermuda (n/a)

Maleth Aero Flight 1975, an Airbus A300-200 flying a transatlantic route from Barbados to Manchester, reportedly had to make an emergency landing at LF Wade International Airport, Bermuda (n/a)

The plane will depart at 4pm on Boxing Day, arriving in the early hours of Wednesday 27 December.

Bermuda’s Acting Minister of National Security, Owen Darrell, said: “We are aware of the situation and are working hard to ensure the well-being of all involved. We are extremely grateful for the quick response of all our emergency services personnel, who ensured the safety of the passengers and crew.”

A spokesperson for P&O Cruises said: “A flight from Barbados to Manchester was diverted to Bermuda early yesterday morning following bizarre (unexpected) turbulence.

“After exploring all flight options and due to airport opening hours, guests will be staying in hotels today (December 25).

The flight home departs tomorrow morning, December 26, after the required statutory aircraft checks.

“We are very sorry for this disruption to their post-holiday travel and we are working with the airline and hotels to look after them and ensure they get home as soon as possible tomorrow.”

Earlier this autumn, some P&O Cruises customers expressed their dissatisfaction when they learned that part of the winter flight program between Britain and Barbados would be operated with Maltese charter company Maleth Aero. They said The independent they expected to fly Virgin Atlantic, British Airways or Tui.

Maleth Aero complies with all European Union safety standards.