Jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A transatlantic jet has diverted to Shannon Airport this afternoon after an elderly passenger fell ill suddenly.

Norwegian Air Shuttle flight DY-7125 was en route from Copenhagen to Puerto Rico at the time.

The Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner jet was an hour west of Shannon Airport when the crew declared a medical emergency at around 12.30pm.

The crew advised controllers that they wished divert to Shannon reporting they had an elderly man on board who required urgent medical assistance.

An ambulance and rapid response advanced paramedic unit were sent to the airport from Ennis.

The flight landed safely at 1.25pm and was met by airport fire and rescue crews.

Paramedics assessed and stabilised the patient before he was transported to University Hospital Limerick for further treatment.

The jet continued its journey at 3.20pm.

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.