Two emergency landings at Shannon

Two emergency landings at Shannon


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Shannon Airport has dealt with two emergency landings this afternoon.

The first aircraft landed shortly before 1.30pm after the crew declared a medical emergency.

KLM flight 686 was travelling from Mexico to Amsterdam when the crew requested permission to divert to the nearest suitable airport.

The crew of the Boeing 747-400 requested emergency medical services to be standing by for their arrival.

Soon afterwards, a United Airlines flight from Brussels to Washington turned around over the Atlantic and rerouted to Shannon.

Flight UA-951 was travelling from Brussels to Washington at the time. The Boeing 777-200 jet was met by airport emergency services when it landed at 1.45pm.

National Ambulance Service paramedics were standing by to meet the two aircraft. Both patients were transported to University Hospital Limerick 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.