Jet diverts to Shannon with sick passenger

Jet diverts to Shannon with sick passenger


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Shannon – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A transatlantic jet diverted to Shannon Airport earlier today after a passenger was reported to have fallen ill.

Norwegian Air Shuttle flight NAX-7016 was travelling from New York’s JFK airport to Gatwick in England at the time.

The Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner jet was still over the Atlantic west of Ireland when the crew declared a medical emergency.

The crew diverted to Shannon requesting that emergency medical services be standing by to meet the aircraft on arrival.

The flight landed safely at 10.00am and was met at the terminal by National Ambulance Service (NAS) paramedics and airport officials.

The passenger was removed to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) for treatment.

The flight continued its journey to Gatwick at midday.

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Flight 7016 on final approach to Shannon – Image: Flightradar24

On Friday morning, American Airlines flight AA-290 from New York to Dublin declared a medical emergency and rerouted to the mid west airport when a passenger fell ill.

Shannon handled 27 medical emergencies last year up from 22 in 2014.

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.