Flight diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Flight diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

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Airport Fire and Rescue Service
Airport fire crews were standing by as a precaution – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A transatlantic jet diverted to Shannon Airport this morning after a passenger fell ill.

Turkish Airlines flight TK-3 was travelling from Istanbul to New York and was about 250 kilometres off the Irish coast when the crew turned around and diverted to Shannon.

The Airbus A300-300 jet, with 256 passengers and crew, landed at 10.59am and was met by airport fire crews and HSE paramedics. A passenger was removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight continued it’s journey about 90 minutes later.

In the meantime, Delta Airlines flight DL-144 landed at Dublin Airport after the crew reported a technical issue.

The flight was en route from Seattle in Washington to Amsterdam when the crew reported the problem as they approached the Irish coast.

The Boeing 767-400 aircraft touched down shortly after 11.00am and was met by engineers. Its understood the the jet suffered an issue with one of it’s toilets.

Delta Airlines Boeing 767
  Delta flight 144 continued it’s journey shortly before 1.00pm – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

There were 208 passengers and crew on board the flight which resumed it’s journey shortly before 1.00pm.

 

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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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