US-bound jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

US-bound jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger


Austrian Airlines flight 93 at Shannon today – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A transatlantic jet diverted to Shannon Airport this afternoon after a passenger suffered a suspected heart attack.

Austrian Airlines flight OS-93 was travelling from Vienna, Austria to Washington in the US at the time. The flight was just off the Mayo coast around midday when the crew declared a medical emergency.

The crew requested permission to divert to Shannon where airport fire crews were standing by for the Boeing 767-300 jet when it landed at 12.30pm.

Once the jet reached the terminal paramedics quickly boarded the aircraft. They assessed and stabilised the passenger before he was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. The man’s condition is unknown however.

The flight continued its journey to the US shortly after 2.00pm.

The flight continued its journey shortly after 2pm – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Last Monday, an 88-year-old man died after the flight on which he was travelling diverted to Shannon.

Delta Airlines flight DL-71 was en route from Amsterdam to Atlanta, Georgia at the time. Cabin crew staff carried out CPR on the man as the flight rerouted to Shannon however, the man was pronounced dead on arrival.

The flight was subsequently cancelled and 260 passengers and crew sent to local hotels for the night.

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.