Jet returns to Shannon with engine problem

Jet returns to Shannon with engine problem


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The jet (N673BF) during a previous visit to Shannon – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A charter jet made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this evening after the crew was forced to shut down one of the aircraft’s engines.

The Boeing 767-200 plane, operated by US based Polaris Aviation Solutions, had left Shannon a short time earlier and was about 20 minutes into its flight to Bangor in the US when the crew declared an emergency.

The pilot informed air traffic controllers that he had shut down of the aircraft’s two engines after receiving an indication of an oil leak.

Emergency procedures were put in place in Shannon while the jet turned around, descended and made it’s way back to the airport.

Fire crews from Shannon Town and Ennis, along with an ambulance and gardaí responded to the incident.

The jet landed safely shortly after 7.00pm and all emergency crews were stood down around 7.30pm.

Engineers are investigating the engine problem.

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.