Man taken off flight at Shannon and arrested

Man taken off flight at Shannon and arrested


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Norwegian flight NAX-7045 at Shannon this evening after diverting earlier – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A man has been arrested at Shannon Airport after the flight on which he was travelling diverted there this evening.

Norwegian flight 7045 was en route from London Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale in Florida when it made a u-turn over the Atlantic at around 5.00pm

The crew had requested that authorities meet the aircraft once it landed shortly after 6 o’clock.

A 28-year-old man was removed from the plane and has been taken to Shannon garda station for questioning.

The Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner jet was about an hour into it’s journey when the crew diverted.

The remaining 248 passengers and 14 crew are due to continue their journey in the next hour (8.30pm approx)

The man is being questioning for being intoxicated and for allegedly engaging in threatening behaviour.

He is expected to appear in court in the morning.

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.