Jet makes emergency landing at Shannon

Jet makes emergency landing at Shannon

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United flight UA-17 after landing at Shannon today – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Update: 

An airline spokesperson said: “We are providing hotel accommodation as well as meal vouchers for our customers, and making arrangements for them to complete their journeys tomorrow. We have apologised to our customers for the inconvenience this caused,” the airline said.

A replacement aircraft was flown to Shannon this afternoon and is expected to continue to Newark in the morning.

Earlier: A transatlantic jet has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this afternoon.

United Airlines flight UA-17 was travelling from Heathrow in London to Newark in the US at the time. There were 216 passenger and crew on board.

The flight was just 30 minutes into its journey and was approaching the Irish coastline when the crew declared an emergency. The crew reported a pressurisation issue and requested permission to divert to Shannon.

The Boeing 767-400 jet was cleared to descend and divert to Shannon where emergency procedures were put in place ahead of the aircraft’s arrival. The plan also involved alerting the local authority fire service; the HSE’s National Ambulance Service and Gardaí.

Three units of the local authority fire service from Shannon Town along with a number of HSE ambulances were mobilised to the airport. Additional units of the fire brigade from Ennis were sent to a holding point off the M18 motorway near Dromoland.

The flight landed safely at 1.54pm taxied to the terminal accompanied by fire crews. Engineers were also waiting to investigate the issue.

The flight was later cancelled.

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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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