Flight diverts to Shannon to change crews

Flight diverts to Shannon to change crews


Air Berlin Airbus A330
An Air Berlin Airbus A330 at Shannon last year – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Passengers on a flight from Cuba to Germany were forced to endure two unscheduled landings including one at Shannon Airport.

Air Berlin flight AB-7433 from Varadero, Cuba was enroute to Dusseldorf in Germany when the crew declared a medical emergency about 30 minutes after departure.

The crew of the Airbus A330 jet turned around over The Bahamas and diverted to Miami.

The flight landed in Miami about 80 minutes after leaving Varadero and a passenger was taken to hospital for treatment.

The flight departed Miami again shortly after 2.00am Irish time but diverted to Shannon Airport to change crews. The flight would not have made it to Dusseldorf without the crew exceeding their allowed flying hours.

Flight 7433 touched down in Shannon at 9.13am and was met by a replacement crew that had been flown in from Dusseldorf to complete the flight.

After just an hour on the ground and once the new crew had completed their pre-flight checks, flight 7433 was on its way again.

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.