Crash jet visited Shannon previously

Crash jet visited Shannon previously

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An MD-83 jet, similar to the one that crashed in North Africa, arriving at Shannon in July 2010 – © Pat Flynn 2014

The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 that crashed in North Africa yesterday is now known to have visited Shannon and Dublin as recently as last June.

The plane, owned by Spanish based Swiftair, was operating on behalf of Air Algerie and was performing flight AH-5017 from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to Algiers in Algeria when it disappeared early yesterday.

There were 110 passengers and 6 crew on board.

French fighter jets have since found the remains of a crashed plane while French military forces have now secured the site.

It has now emerged that the jet, registration EC-LTV, visited Dublin on May 16th and departed again the following day.

According to records, the same aircraft also operated a charter service from Knock to Lanzarote via Shannon on May 31st.

The same aircraft visited Shannon on June 7th this year also operating a service from Knock to Lanzarote.

It’s also known that the plane was in Shannon in December 2012. What is not known however, is whether the crew operating yesterday’s flight ever visited the mid west airport.

Other aircraft operated by Swiftair including MD-83’s, are known to have visited Dublin and Shannon in recent years operating charter services for different companies.

Swiftair is headquartered in Madrid, Spain and operates scheduled and charter, passenger and cargo flights in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

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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.

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