Jet diverts to Shannon with engine trouble

Jet diverts to Shannon with engine trouble

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United flight 125 after landing at Shannon this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Update: The airline has confirmed that the flight has been cancelled due to ‘aircraft maintenance’.

 

Earlier: A transatlantic jet has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this afternoon after the crew was forced to shut down an engine.

United Airlines flight UA-125 was travelling from Athens, Greece to Newark in the US at the time. There were 211 passengers and crew on board the flight.

The crew of the Boeing 767-300 jet reported an issue with one of the aircraft’s two engines and opted to divert to Shannon and have it investigated.

The crew didn’t declare an emergency however until just minutes before they were due to land when they the confirmed they had shut down the affected engine.

While airport fire crews were already standing by for the jet, the local authority fire service, ambulance service and gardaí had to be alerted once the crew had declared an emergency.

Units of the fire brigade from Shannon Town were mobilised to the airport while additional crews from Ennis were placed on standby at a holding point near Newmarket on Fergus. Ambulance and garda units were also sent to the airport.

The flight landed safely shortly after 3.00pm and was met by airport fire crews who remained with the jet until it reached the terminal and for a short time later.

 

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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.

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