Holiday jet in medical emergency at Shannon

Holiday jet in medical emergency at Shannon


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Thomson Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a previous visit to Shannon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A transatlantic holiday jet made an emergency diversion to Shannon Airport this morning.

Thomson Airways flight TOM-022 was on its way from Gatwick Airport in England to Cancun in Mexico when it turned around.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet was about an hour into it’s journey and crossing the Irish south coast when the crew opted to divert to Shannon.

The pilot report that a female passenger on board had fallen ill.

The flight landed safely at 10.57am and was met at the terminal by ambulance paramedics. The woman has been taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight resumed it’s journey at 12.37pm.

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.