Same jet diverts to Shannon twice in three days

Same jet diverts to Shannon twice in three days


BA-48 at Shannon 23/11/14 - © Pat Flynn 2014
This British Airways jet diverted to Shannon twice in three days – © Pat Flynn 2014

A London-bound passenger jet has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this morning.

It was the second time in three days that a the same British Airways Boeing 777 plane diverted to Shannon after experiencing technical problems over the Atlantic.

British Airways flight BA-48 was en route from Seattle, Washington to Heathrow Airport when the crew reported a problem shortly before 10.00am.

The pilot requested permission to divert to Shannon after reporting a problem with an engine which they confirmed they had shut down.

There were 220 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 777-200 jet.

Emergency services were standing by at Shannon when the flight touched down safely at 10.24am.

On Friday night, the same jet, operating as flight BAW-215 from London Heathrow to Boston, turned around over the Atlantic and also diverted to Shannon.

The crew reported a fault in one of the jet’s generators and requested permission to dump fuel and divert to Shannon.

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.