Jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger


Air Berlin Diversion Shannon
Air Berlin flight 7450 landed safely at 11.16am – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A passenger jet made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this morning after declaring a medical emergency over the Atlantic.

Air Berlin flight BER-7450 was travelling from Dusseldorf to New York when the crew turned around west of Galway at around 10.45am.

The crew informed air traffic controllers that they needed to divert and requested emergency medical services to be available for their arrival.

Airport fire crews and a HSE ambulance were standing by for the flight when it landed safely at around 11.16am.

The Airbus A330 jet taxied to the terminal where paramedics were waiting to board and assess the passenger.

The patient, reported by the pilot to have suffered a heart attack, was rushed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight continued its journey shortly before 1.00pm.

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.