Jet diverts with ill passenger

Jet diverts with ill passenger

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United Airlines flight at Shannon – File Photo © Pat Flynn 2015
A United Airlines flight at Shannon – File Photo © Pat Flynn 2015

A transatlantic passenger flight diverted to Shannon Airport this morning after a passenger was reported to have fallen ill.

United Airlines flight UA-970 was en route from Chicago in the US to Rome’s Fiumicino airport at the time. There were 273 passengers and crew on board.

The crew of the Boeing 777-200 declared a medical emergency and told air traffic controllers that they wished to divert to Shannon.

The crew requested that emergency medical services be advised and standing by ahead of their arrival.

The flight landed in Shannon at 7.41am and was met at that terminal by ambulance paramedics. The passenger was removed to hospital by ambulance.

The airline confirmed the flight diverted to Shannon because of a ‘passenger medical emergency.’

The flight continued it’s journey to Rome at 9.20am.

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