Jet diverts with passengers needing medical assistance

Jet diverts with passengers needing medical assistance


Flight 722 leaving Shannon this morning for Gatwick – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
A transatlantic flight diverted to Shannon Airport this morning after two passengers, including a young girl, required medical attention.
Air Transat flight TS-722 was travelling from Toronto, Canada to London Gatwick when the crew declared a medical emergency.
The crew reported they had a male passenger in his late 50’s had suffered a suspected heart attack.

Later, the pilot reported that a young girl had sustained a ‘bump’ to her head. It’s understood the child struck her head after suffering a fit.
The flight was about an hour west of Shannon at the time. The Airbus A330-300 landed at 9.07am and taxied directly to the terminal where ambulance paramedics and airport authorities were waiting.
It’s understood that the male passenger was removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment while the young girl was able to continue her journey to London after being examined by paramedics.
The flight continued its journey to Gatwick at 10.34am.

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.