Cargo jet in Shannon emergency landing

Cargo jet in Shannon emergency landing


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The flight touched down safely shortly before 4.30pm – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A transatlantic cargo flight has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this afternoon.

United Parcel Service (UPS) flight UPS-213 was travelling from Louisville, Kentucky in the United States to Cologne in Germany at the time.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-11 Freighter, with a crew of six on board, was about an hour west of Shannon when the pilot declared an emergency.

The flight crew raised the alarm at around 3.30pm reporting a problem with of the jet’s three engines which that they had to shut down. It’s understood that problem arose in the No 3 engine.

Shannon Airport’s emergency procedures were put in place which also required that An Garda, National Ambulance Service and Clare County Fire and Rescue Service be notified.

Four units of the local authority fire brigade from Shannon Town were mobilised to the airport while two additional units from Ennis were sent to a designated holding-point adjacent to the M18 motorway at Dromoland in case their services were required. Two ambulances were also sent to the airport as a precaution.

The flight touched down safely at 4.28pm and was quickly pursued along the runway by airport crash crews.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The UPS MD-11F touched down safely shortly before 4.30pm – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The flight crew reported that everything appeared normal so that jet was able to taxi under it’s own power to the terminal building where engineers were waiting to inspect the engine.

Fire crews remained with the aircraft until it reached the terminal before the emergency was finally stood down about 20 minutes later.

It’s understood the aircraft was carrying a variety of ‘petroleum products.’

Just one inbound flight was slightly delayed by the emergency otherwise, operations at Shannon were unaffected.

The Kilrush based RNLI lifeboat was also placed on standby at it’s station until the flight had crossed the west coast.

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.