Holiday jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Holiday jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger


A Jet2Holidays flight on a previous diversion to Shannon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A holiday jet diverted to Shannon this afternoon after a passenger was reported to have fallen ill.

Jet2Holidays flight LS-755 departed Manchester at 2.30pm and was bound for Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

About an hour into the flight, when the Boeing 737-800 jet was about 300 kilometres south of Ireland, the crew turned around and requested permission to divert to Shannon.

The flight landed safely in Shannon about 40 minutes after turning around and was met by airport fire crews. The jet taxied directly to the terminal where it was met by National Ambulance Service paramedics and airport authorities.

The passenger was assessed at Shannon before being transported to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight continued its journey to Tenerife shortly after 6.00pm.

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.