Jet dumps fuel and diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Jet dumps fuel and diverts to Shannon with ill passenger


A transatlantic jet had to dump aviation fuel over the ocean before diverting to Shannon Airport with a passenger suffering from a suspected heart attack.

Royal Jordanian flight RJ-264 was travelling from Chicago in the US to Amman in Jordan when the crew declared a medical emergency this morning.

Emergency medical services were placed on standby for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet which landed safely at 9.43am.

The passenger was assessed and treated at the airport before being taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. The flight continued its journey at 10.45am after the jet was refueled and the passenger’s baggage was removed in line with strict security procedures.

In February 2016, the same flight diverted to Shannon with a passenger who suffered a heart attack. The man was pronounced dead shortly after the flight landed at Shannon.

So far this year, of all the diversions at Shannon Airport, 21 have been medical. In one incident, the captain of a United Airlines flight fell ill forcing his first officer to take control and divert to Shannon.

Last year, of 239 unscheduled landings at Shannon Airport, 30 were medical emergencies, rising every year since 2013.


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.