Flight returns to Shannon with ill passenger

Flight returns to Shannon with ill passenger


 Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Flight UA-24 at the terminal in Shannon after turning back with an ill passenger – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A transatlantic jet was forced to return to Shannon Airport this afternoon after a passenger fell ill.

United Airlines flight 24 had left Shannon at around 9.20pm and was over an hour into it’s journey when the crew turned around.

The pilot reported that a passenger on board had fallen ill and that they wished to return to Shannon.

The crew asked air traffic controllers to alert emergency medical services and have them standing by when the flight landed. Airport fire crews were also alerted and met the flight when it landed.

The Boeing 757 jet touched down safely shortly after midday and was met at the terminal by ambulance paramedics.

The flight has since been cancelled and passengers sent to hotels for the night.

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An airline spokesman confirmed: “United Airlines flight UA-24 returned to Shannon due to a medical emergency involving one of our customers. For privacy reasons, it would not be appropriate for us to comment further.”

The spokesman confirmed that flight will resume it’s journey tomorrow at 10.00am.

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.