Passenger dies on flight that diverted to Shannon

Passenger dies on flight that diverted to Shannon


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A passenger died on a flight that was forced to divert to Shannon Airport on Friday evening.

It was the second time in five days that a passenger on board a transatlantic flight passed away after suddenly falling ill.

Yesterday, Air Canada flight AC-849 from London’s Heathrow Airport to Toronto in Canada diverted to the mid-west airport after the crew declared a medical emergency.

The Boeing 777 jet was about 400 kms north west of Mayo when the crew turned around. The flight rerouted to Shannon with cabin crew members battling to resuscitate the elderly woman.

The flight landed safely at 5.15pm and was met by airport emergency services and National Ambulance Service paramedics.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the county coroner informed.

Her body was removed to University Hospital Limerick where a postmortem examination is expected to be carried out while efforts are also being made to repatriate the remains to Canada.

The flight continued its journey to Toronto about two hours after landing at Shannon.

Last Monday, an 88-year-old man died after the Delta Air Lines flight on which he was travelling from Amsterdam to the US diverted to Shannon.

Delta flight 71 taxiing to the terminal on Monday – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
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.