Woman dies on flight that diverted to Shannon

Woman dies on flight that diverted to Shannon


The Thomson Airways flight landed at Shannon at 6.45am however the woman was pronounced dead on arrival

An elderly woman died on board a transatlantic jet yesterday (Friday) the second time in just a few days that a passenger passed away on a flight that diverted to Shannon Airport.

Thomson Airways flight TOM-375 was enroute from Orlando in Florida to Manchester in England at the time.

The flight was about 100 kilometres west of Mayo at around 6.15am yesterday when the crew declared a medical emergency and requested to divert to the nearest available airport.

The crew reported that a 68-year-old woman, thought to be a UK citizen, had suffered what the crew believed to be a heart attack. The flight had less than an hour to travel to it’s final destination when the drama began.

Cabin crew staff quickly jumped into action and suspecting the woman was in cardiac arrest, commenced CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The crew battled to resuscitate the woman until the aircraft landed at Shannon.

Ambulance paramedics and doctor were also waiting at the airport when the Boeing 767-300 jet touched down at 6.45am.

Medics quickly boarded the aircraft however the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was removed to University Hospital Limerick for a postmortem examination.

The woman is understood to have been travelling with her husband and was returning from a holiday in Florida.

The flight continued it’s journey to Manchester shortly after 8.30am. It’s believed that the woman’s husband also returned to Manchester on the flight to inform family members of the sad news.

On Tuesday, an 80-year-old US citizen died after he suffered a suspected heart attack on board a flight from Rome to New York. A second man on the same flight was hospitalised after he also suffered a heart attack.

The passengers were travelling on Alitalia flight AZ-610 when the crew made a u-turn off the Irish coast and diverted to Shannon.

Last August, a 70-year-old US national died on board a Delta Airlines flight that diverted to Shannon while n July 2012, a 60-year-old Belgian man died after suffering a heart attack on a flight from Cancun in Mexico to Brussels that also diverted to the mid west airport.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.