Flight from Edinburgh Airport to New York diverts to Irish airport due to emergency on-board

A United Airlines flight from Edinburgh to New York City was diverted due to a technical issue.

The flight, which departed Edinburgh Airport at 11:05am this morning, made an abrupt turn while flying over the Atlantic.

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The Boeing aircraft sent out a Squawk 7700 code, which indicates that an emergency situation has taken place on board.

Shortly after 12pm, the New York-bound flight landed safely at Shannon Airport in Ireland, where it is being inspected.

A spokesperson for United Airlines said: “Our team at Shannon Airport is providing assistance to customers of United flight 37 (Edinburgh-New York/Newark) today which diverted to Shannon Airport to address a technical issue. The aircraft landed safely at 12:13 pm (local time).

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"Our maintenance team is currently inspecting the aircraft which is currently scheduled to depart from Shannon for New York/Newark at 2:00 pm (local time) today. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused.”

A United Airlines flight from Edinburgh to New York was diverted to Shannon Airport due to an emergency. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons.)