Second medical emergency at Shannon today

Second medical emergency at Shannon today


Air Canada flight 849 arriving at Shannon this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A second transatlantic flight has been forced to divert to Shannon Airport this afternoon after the crew declared a medical emergency.

Air Canada flight AC-849 was en route from London to Toronto and was about 400kms north west of Ireland when the crew turned around.

The Boeing 777 jet rerouted to Shannon where airport fire crews and National Ambulance Service paramedics were standing by.

The flight landed at 5.15pm and was met at the terminal by airport authorities and medics. The passenger was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

Earlier, Austrian Airlines flight OS-93 made an unscheduled landing at the mid-west airport after the crew declared an emergency just north of Mayo. The crew reported they had a man on board whom they believed to have suffered a heart attack.

The Boeing 767 jet landed safely at 12.30pm and was accompanied to the terminal by airport fire service vehicles.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Airport authorities and ambulance paramedics were waiting to board the aircraft. The passenger was assessed at the airport before being removed to hospital by ambulance.

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.