Jet diverts to Shannon after smoke detected on board

Jet diverts to Shannon after smoke detected on board

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Flight 213 kicks up spray after landing safely at Shannon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Update:

A replacement aircraft is due from London at 6.30pm and passengers are expected to continue their journey soon afterwards.

Earlier: A transatlantic flight has diverted to Shannon Airport this afternoon after the crew reported smoke on board.

British Airways flight BA-213 was en route from London to Boston in the US at the time. There were 239 passengers and crew on board.

The Boeing 777-200 jet was about an hour into its journey when the crew alerted air traffic controllers to the problem. The flight crew reported that smoke had been detected on board and requested permission to divert to Shannon.

The flight landed safely at 1.37pm and was met by airport fire and rescue crews. The jet stopped on the runway so that fire crews could carry out a visual inspection of the aircraft exterior for any evidence of fire or smoke.

Once it had been confirmed there was no obvious sign of fire the jet continued to the terminal building engineers were waiting to investigate the issue. The airline said the flight diverted due to a minor technical fault.

A spokeswoman said: “The aircraft landed normally after our highly-trained pilots diverted the flight as a precaution. We have apologised to our customers for the delay to their journey.​”

The airline has arranged for a replacement aircraft to fly to Shannon to take customers onto Boston.

 

 

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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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