Woman arrested after plane diversion

Woman arrested after plane diversion


© Pat Flynn 2015
The Air Canada flight landed at 8.14pm and was met by gardaí and airport police officers – File Image / © Pat Flynn 2015

An elderly woman has been arrested after the flight on which she was travelling was forced to divert to Shannon Airport this evening.

It’s understood that the woman, believed to be in her 79 years of age, became disruptive on board the transatlantic jet and that at least one cabin crew member was assaulted.

Gardaí and airport police officers were waiting for Air Canada flight ACA-877 when it landed at Shannon at around 8.15pm. Airport emergency services were also standing by.

The Boeing 777-300 jet was over 1,000 kilometres north west of Shannon when the crew opted to turn around. The flight was on it’s way from Frankfurt in Germany to Toronto, Canada at the time.

The woman has been taken to Shannon garda station where she is expected to be interviewed.

It’s understood that she had to be restrained by members of the cabin crew at least one of whom is reported to have been scratched.

Gardaí at Shannon are investigating the incident.

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.