Passenger illness forces flight to divert

Passenger illness forces flight to divert


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017


5.15pm – The flight continued its journey to the Washington at 5.00pm.

Emergency crews were standing by at Shannon Airport this afternoon for a transatlantic jet that was forced to divert with an ill passenger.

United Airlines flight UA-107 was travelling from Munich to Washington with 174 passengers and crew on board.

The Boeing 767-400 jet was over 300 kilometres north west of Donegal when the crew turned around and sought clearance to divert to Shannon.

Airport fire crews were standing by for the jet as the crew confirmed they would be making an overweight landing.

The flight touched down shortly before 2.00pm and taxied directly to the terminal where airport personnel and National Ambulance Service paramedics were standing by.

The passenger was removed to hospital for treatment although there are no details available on their ailment or condition.

Just last week a United Airlines flight diverted to Shannon after the captain fell ill while almost half of all diversions to Shannon last year were medical emergencies.

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.