Jet diverts to Shannon

Jet diverts to Shannon


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016



9.15am – The flight resumed its journey at 8.58am.


A transatlantic jet diverted to Shannon Airport early this morning after a passenger was reported to have fallen seriously ill.

British Airways flight BA-206 was travelling from Miami to London when the crew declared a medical emergency at around 5.00am.

The pilot requested a cardiac ambulance to be standing by for their arrival. The Boeing 747-400 Jumbo landed at 5.55am.

The aircraft was met National Ambulance Service paramedics and a doctor. The patient has been taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

This mornings diversion was the fourth that authorities at Shannon have dealt with over the holiday period.

On Christmas Eve a 10-year-old died on a flight from Toronto to London that diverted to Shannon while on Christmas Day an EL AL flight from Israel to the US was forced to make an unscheduled landing after a woman suffered a suspected miscarriage.

On St Stephens Day, an Open Skies flight from New York to Paris diverted to the mid-west airport so that passengers could use the toilet facilities. The crew reported that the jet’s toilets were ‘unserviceable’.

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.