Flight diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Flight diverts to Shannon with ill passenger


Austrian Airlines flight 87 arriving at Shannon this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A transatlantic jet has turned around over the North Atlantic and diverted to Shannon Airport this afternoon with an ill passenger.

Austrian Airlines flight OS-87 was three hours into its journey from Vienna to New York when the crew declared a medical emergency at around 1.00pm. 

The Boeing 777-200 jet was about 400 kilometres west of Ireland when the crew reported they had a elderly female passenger for whom they required medical attention.

The crew requested clearance to turn around and divert to Shannon and asked that emergency medical services be alerted.

The flight landed at 1.50pm and was met at the terminal by National Ambulance Service paramedics and airport personnel.

The woman was assessed and treated at the scene before being removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight has since continued its journey to New York.

While this is the first medical diversion to Shannon this year, on January 1st, a 62-year-old man died on a flight from Kuwait City to New York that was scheduled to make a technical stop at Shannon.

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.