Superjumbo diverts to Shannon over UK storm

Superjumbo diverts to Shannon over UK storm

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
The British Airways A380 that diverted to Shannon earlier this month – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A British Airways flight was forced to divert to Shannon Airport early today because of weather issues in southern England.

The Airbus A380-800 Superjumbo was only minutes from landing at London’s Heathrow airport when it was placed in a holding pattern south of the city.

British Airways flight BA-56 from Johannesburg was one of dozens of services affected by Storm Katie which has been battering the UK.

After circling for a time, the crew opted to divert to Shannon where it touched down at 7.30am. The flight continued it’s journey at 9.20am after being refuelled and cleared to return to London.

It’s the second time this month that a British Airways A380 double-decker diverted to the mid west airport because of weather issues in the UK.

A British Airways Airbus A380 Superjumbo during a familiarisation visit to Shannon in 2013 - © Pat Flynn
A British Airways Airbus A380 Superjumbo during a familiarisation visit to Shannon in 2013 – © Pat Flynn

There were almost 320 unscheduled landings at Shannon Airport last year the majority as a result of weather, airport closures or flight crews being “out of hours.”

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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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