Child in hospital after Shannon jet diversion

Child in hospital after Shannon jet diversion


The Delta Airlines flight touched down at Shannon at 3.23am.

A 9-year-old child is recovering in hospital after she experienced breathing difficulties on board a transatlantic jet.

Delta Airlines flight DL-70 diverted to Shannon Airport in the early hours of this morning after the child started choking.

The flight was en route from Atlanta in the US to Amsterdam when it made the unscheduled landing at 3.23am today.

The aircraft was met by airport first responders and a HSE ambulance. She was taken to University Hospital Limerick where she is being treated.

An airline spokeswoman confirmed the diversion and said: “The safety and security of Delta’s passengers and crew is Delta’s number one priority.”

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.