Flight diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Flight diverts to Shannon with ill passenger


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Flight 2078 taxiing to the terminal at Shannon this evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A transatlantic flight diverted to Shannon Airport earlier this evening after a patient was reported to have fallen ill.

United Airlines flight UA-2078 was travelling from Athens in Greece to Newark in New Jersey when it turned around over the North Atlantic.

The flight was about three hours into its journey and an hour north west of Shannon when the crew declared a medical emergency and opted to divert to the mid west airport.

The Boeing 767-300(ER) jet landed in Shannon at 6.17pm and was met at the terminal by ambulance service paramedics.

The patient was reported to be conscious prior to landing and was treated at the airport before being removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for further treatment.

The flight was lated cancelled as the crew would have exceeded their legally permitted duty hours if they had continued to the US.

In 2014, the mid west airport saw an almost doubling of medical emergencies handling a total of 22 incidents where aircraft were forced to divert to seek urgent medical attention.

Last year, a total of of 27 flights diverted to Shannon with ill patients while this year so far, 13 flights have made unscheduled landings at Shannon after passengers were reported to have fallen in.


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.