Jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
British Airways flight 193 after arriving in Shannon this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A US-bound flight has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this afternoon after a passenger on board fell ill.

It was the second time today that a passenger flight turned around over the Atlantic and diverted to an Irish airport.

British Airways flight BA-193 was en route from London to Dallas, Texas when the crew declared a medical emergency and requested permission to divert and land at to Shannon.

The crew of the Boeing 777-300 jet dumped several thousand litres of aviation fuel to ensure they would touch within safe landing weight limits.

Airport fire crews were standing by at Shannon as a precaution when the flight landed at 2.22pm.

Ambulance paramedics were also waiting at the terminal building for the jet. The passenger was transported to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight continued it’s journey shortly before 4.00pm.

Earlier, the crew of an Ethiopian airlines jet returned to Dublin after they experienced engine problems over the Atlantic.

Flight ETH-500 was traveling from Addis Ababa to Washington via Dublin when the crew had to shut down one of the Boeing 787’s two engines.

The flight landed safely in Dublin at 8.35am.

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.