Jet diverts with ill passenger

Jet diverts with ill passenger


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.

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.