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United Airlines Flight Encounters Severe Turbulence At Least 16 Injured

Turbulence when flying is always scary; sometimes we're fortunate enough that it does not last long. For the poor passengers of this particular United flight, however, that was not the case.

A Boeing 677 was flying from Houston to London when it experienced severe turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean. It could not make it to Heathrow, and instead diverted to Shannon, Ireland.

Nikki Hartin Boriack, a passenger of this flight, posted about her experience on Facebook:

Boriack's flight attendant said she has never experienced such bad turbulence in her 20 years on the job. Boriack herself left with a few bruises, but she wrote that others ended up with broken bones. "I know I don't know these people, but please pray for them," she said.

Boriack spoke to UK paper The Metro about the scary incident. "It was a very quiet flight, then there was a very big drop," she said. "People that weren't buckled in went flying around the cabin."

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An ambulance departs St. John's International Airport on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in St. John's, Newfoundland. Several people were taken to hospital after an American Airlines plane from Miami to Milan made an emergency landing after the jet briefly encountered severe turbulence. (Paul Daly/The Canadian Press via AP)
An American Airlines plane that was headed to Milan from Miami sits at the airport in St. John's, Newfoundland, after making an emergency landing Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. The plane had briefly encountered severed turbulence. American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said three flight attendants and four passengers were transported to hospital for further evaluation. He said he didn't think any of the injuries were life threatening. (Paul Daly/The Canadian Press via AP)
An American Airlines plane that was headed to Milan from Miami sits at the airport in St. John's, Newfoundland, after making an emergency landing Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. The plane had briefly encountered severed turbulence. American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said three flight attendants and four passengers were transported to hospital for further evaluation. He said he didn't think any of the injuries were life threatening. (Paul Daly/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ambulances stand on a roadway at St. John's International Airport on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in St. John's, Newfoundland. Seven people were taken to hospital after an American Airlines plane from Miami to Milan made an emergency landing in Newfoundland after the jet briefly encountered severe turbulence. (Paul Daly/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Both passengers and plane supplies -- like food and utensils -- flew around the plane. She estimated 25 people, including several children, were hurt. Thankfully, Boriack noted that the flight attendants were "amazing" in helping people.

A representative from United stated that the airline is providing support for those affected.

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