Flight diverts to Shannon with fumes in cockpit

Flight diverts to Shannon with fumes in cockpit

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Two flights diverted to Irish airports this afternoon after declaring emergencies over the Atlantic.

British Airways flight 2153 diverted to Shannon after the crew reported fumes in the cockpit.

There were 288 passengers and crew on board the flight which was travelling from Gatwick to Barbados in the Caribbean.

The flight landed safely at 4.20pm and was met by airport fire crews.

The flight was later cancelled and and is due to continue its journey on Friday morning.

At around the same time, the crew of Turkish Airlines flight TK-33 declared a medical emergency.

The flight was en route from Istanbul to Houston in the US when the crew turned around off the Mayo coast.

The crew reported that a woman in her 30’s had fallen ill and required urgent medical attention. Its understood there was a medical doctor on board who tended to the patient.

The flight rerouted to Dublin Airport where it landed at 4.50pm.

The woman was removed to hospital for treatment while the flight continued its journey shortly before 7.00pm

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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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