Holiday jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Holiday jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger


A Primera File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A holiday flight has diverted to Shannon Airport this afternoon after an elderly passenger was reported to have fallen ill.

Primera Air flight PRW-142 was travelling from Almería in Southern Spain to Reykjavik in Iceland at the time.

There were 176 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 737-800 jet which was due to route west of Co Kerry before the crew opted to divert to Shannon.
The crew reported they had an elderly man on board who had fallen ill and requested emergency medical services to be waiting for them when they landed.
An ambulance and rapid response advanced paramedic unit from Ennis were sent to the airport. Airport fire crews were standing by for the jet’s arrival.
The flight landed safely at around 4.25pm and was met at the terminal by ambulance paramedics. The patient was removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.
The flight resumed its journey at 6.20pm.
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.