Update: Two diversions to Shannon in 20 minutes

Update: Two diversions to Shannon in 20 minutes


Delta Airbus A330 Shannon
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016



2:40pm – Delta flight 170 continued its journey at 2.35pm.

4.30pm – Westjest flight 25 has been cancelled and is expected to resume on Sunday morning.


9.40am – Westjet 25 departed Shannon at 9.26am.

Two flights diverted to Shannon Airport within 20 minutes of each this today after passengers were reported to have fallen ill.

Emergency services at Shannon along with HSE ambulances were standing by the flights which were en route to Canada and the US.

Westjet flight 25 from London Gatwick Airport to St John’s, Newfoundland turned around west of Co Clare after the crew reported that a woman on board had taken ill.

The Boeing 737-700 jet turned around and diverted to Shannon where it landed safely at 11.53am. The flight was met by airport emergency fire crews as well as HSE paramedics.

The woman as removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) for treatment.

While emergency crews dealt with the diversion, they were informed of a second unscheduled landing.

Airport Fire and Rescue Service
Airport fire crews were standing by for both flights – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Delta Airlines flight DL-170 was en route form Paris to Minneapolis in the US when it turned around over the North Atlantic.

The Airbus A330-300 jet was west of Donegal when the crew confirmed they were declaring a medical emergency and wished to divert.

The flight landed at 12.13am and was also met on the runway by airport fire crews.

The passenger was also removed to UHL for treatment.

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.