Flight diverts to Shannon with engine trouble

Flight diverts to Shannon with engine trouble

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A transatlantic jet has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport suffering problems with one of its two engines.

United Airlines flight 102 was west of Ireland when the crew advised controllers here that they were declaring an emergency and wished to divert to Shannon.

There were 98 passengers and a crew of 13 on the Boeing 767 jet which was travelling from Houston in the US to Munich in Germany.

Units of the local authority fire service from Shannon and Ennis were mobilised to Shannon as back up the to airport’s own fire and rescue service. Ambulances and Limerick and Ennis were also sent to the airport.

The flight landed safely at 12.13pm and was accompanied to the terminal by emergency vehicles.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The airline has confirmed that the flight diverted because of a ‘mechanical issue’ and that engineers are currently investigating the problem.

Meanwhile, two Ryanair flights also diverted to Shannon this morning because of poor visibility in Knock.

A third flight from Knock, which had also diverted to Shannon, was placed in a holding pattern to facilitate the inbound emergency aircraft. The crew opted instead to reroute to Dublin.

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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.

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