Jet diverts to Shannon with sick passenger

Jet diverts to Shannon with sick passenger


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
The same Boeing 767-400 jet (N831MH) diverted to Shannon with an ill passenger in 2010 – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A transatlantic jet diverted to Shannon Airport this morning after the crew declared a medical emergency.

Delta Airlines flight DL-403 was travelling from New York’s JFK Airport to Heathrow in London at the time.

Shortly after 9.00am, the crew declared a ‘medical emergency’ and notified air traffic controllers that they wished to divert to Shannon.

The crew confirmed they had a passenger on board who required urgent medical assistance and requested emergency medical services to be alerted and standing by.

The Boeing 767-400 jet touched down safely at 9.42pm and taxied without delay to the terminal building where medics boarded the aircraft to assess the patient.

No details were available about the passenger who was transported to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight continued its flight to London shortly before midday.

In 2015, apart from weather related diversions, Shannon Airport handled a total of 39 unscheduled landings, 27 of which were medical emergencies.

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.