Jet diverts to Shannon with seriously ill passenger

Jet diverts to Shannon with seriously ill passenger


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A transatlantic flight diverted to Shannon Airport last night after an elderly passenger was reported to have fallen ill.

American Airlines flight AA-91 was travelling from London to Chicago in the US at the time.

The Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner jet was about 400 kilometres west of Donegal when the crew declared a medical emergency and decided to divert to Dublin.

Later the crew advised air traffic controllers that they wished to change their destination and reroute to Shannon instead and that the patient, a man aged 80, appeared to be suffering from a stroke.

The HSE was alerted and requested to have an ambulance waiting for the aircraft’s arrival.

The flight landed safely at 8.25pm and was met on arrival by airport fire crews.

The passenger was removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment while the flight continued its journey to the US shortly after 11.00pm.



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.