Jet makes emergency landing at Shannon

Jet makes emergency landing at Shannon


United Airlines 71 Shannon Airport
A United Boeing 757 at Shannon after a previous emergency – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A passenger jet made an emergency landing at Shannon this morning after aborting its original approach to the airport.

United Airlines flight UA-25 from Newark, New Jersey in the US, was just minutes from landing when the crew confirmed they would have to make a “missed approach”.

The Boeing 757-200 flew out over the Shannon Estuary where the crew entered a holding pattern while they consulted company engineers.

After a time, the pilot confirmed that the landing gear indication lights were not showing that all the landing gear was down and locked.

After troubleshooting the problem for almost 30 minutes, the crew declared an emergency.

The pilot confirmed they were ready to make another approach but was confident that the landing gear was locked in position.

The flight, which was originally due in Shannon at 7.00am, landed safely at 10.05am and was met by emergency vehicles.

Fire crews accompanied the jet to the terminal where engineers were waiting to investigate the problem.

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.