Jet diverts to Shannon with suspected fuel leak

Jet diverts to Shannon with suspected fuel leak

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Airport fire crews accompany flight 234 to the terminal – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Update:

6.50pm – The flight continued its journey at 6.45pm.

Earlier: A transatlantic jet has made an emergency diversion to Shannon Airport this afternoon after the crew reported a suspected fuel leak on board.

Jet Airways flight JAI-234 was en route from Delhi to Toronto via Amsterdam when the crew reported the possible problem shortly before 1.00pm. There were 320 passengers and crew on board.

The Boeing 777-300 jet was about 250 kilometres west of Mayo when the crew decided to divert to Shannon. After reporting that the leak appeared to be on the left side of the jet, the pilot shut down the engine on that side.

Airport emergency services were put on standby for the jet which landed safely at 1.52pm.

The aircraft was accompanied to the terminal building by fire crews who then carried out an external inspection of the jet to see if there was any evidence of a fuel leak.

The airline says it’s working to see the flight continue to Toronto.

An airline spokeswoman said: “Jet Airways flight 9W 234 from Amsterdam to Toronto diverted and landed safely at Shannon, Ireland. The diversion was initiated as a precaution by the crew due to a suspected technical reason.”

“Jet Airways is working on a swift continuation of the flight to Toronto.  At Jet Airways, safety of guests, crew and equipment is of paramount importance. The airline regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests,” the spokeswoman added.

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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.

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