Flight diverts to Shannon with engine trouble

Flight diverts to Shannon with engine trouble


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
Sunday 11.40am – After spending two nights in hotels, a replacement aircraft was flown in from the US to take the passengers onto their destination.
A passenger jet has diverted to Shannon Airport after experiencing an issue with one of its engines over the Atlantic.

Delta Airlines flight DL-135 was about 1,200 kilometres north west of Shannon and around three hours into its journey from Amsterdam to Detroit in the US when the crew turned around south of Iceland.

The crew told controllers that they wished to divert to Shannon Airport reporting an oil pressure indication in one of the Airbus A330’s two engines.

The pilot did not declare an emergency and told air traffic controllers they would not require emergency services on arrival.

The jet touched down at 4.15pm and taxied directly to the terminal where engineers were waiting to investigate the issue.
It’s understood however that the flight has since been cancelled as the crew cannot complete the journey without exceeding their legal allowed flying hours.
The over 250 passengers have been transported by a fleet of coaches to hotels in Clare and Limerick.

A comment is awaited from the airline.
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.