Flight diverts to Shannon after captain fell ill

Flight diverts to Shannon after captain fell ill


A Norwegian Boeing 787 on a previous diversion to Shannon – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A transatlantic flight has diverted to Shannon Airport after the captain became incapacitated.

Norwegian Air Shuttle flight DY-7042 was travelling from Florida to Copenhagen at the time. There were 266 passengers and crew on board.

The co-pilot declared a medical emergency reporting that the a ‘crew member’ had fallen ill. The airline has since confirmed it was the captain.

It’s understood there was a third pilot on board at the time who assisted with the diversion and emergency landing. The flight was cleared to divert to Shannon where emergency medical services were standing by.

The Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner jet landed safely at 9.51am and was met at the terminal by airport authorities and ambulance paramedics.

The captain was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The passengers were allowed to disembark and enter the airport transit lounge where they were provided with meal vouchers while arrangements were made to get them to their destination.

A Norwegian spokesperson said: “Flight DY7042 from Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen was diverted to Shannon Airport where it landed safely. The safety and security of our passengers and crew is Norwegian’s highest priority and the diversion was made as a precaution after the captain fell ill.”

The airline also confirmed that the flight would resume once the captain had been ‘replaced’.

The flight continued its journey at 1.30pm.

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.