Emergency medical diversion to Shannon

Emergency medical diversion to Shannon


 Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A flight from Washington to London made an unscheduled landing at Shannon Airport this morning after a passenger was reported to have fallen ill.

United Airlines flight UA-918 was about an hour west of Shannon and just two hours from London’s Heathrow Airport when the crew opted to divert and land.

The crew requested emergency medical services to be standing by ahead of their arrival. The Boeing 777-200 jet, with 172 passengers and crew on board, landed safely at 5.45am.

HSE paramedics boarded the flight and after assessed the passenger who was then removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

Last week, another United flight declared a medical emergency and diverted to Shannon.

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.