Jet returns to Shannon with technical issue

Jet returns to Shannon with technical issue

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United flight 24 after returning to Shannon this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Update:

5.05pm – The passengers are due to continue their journey on Sunday.

An airline spokesman confirmed: “United flight UA24 en route to New York/Newark from Shannon, returned safely to Shannon due to mechanical reasons. A new aircraft will resume service on Sunday. We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience.”

 

Earlier: A US-bound passenger flight has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this afternoon after turning around over the Atlantic.

United Airlines flight UA-24 had departed Shannon for Newark, New Jersey at 12.30pm and was about 90 minutes into its journey when the crew declared an emergency reporting an ‘electrical issue’.

There were 178 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 757-200 jet.

Authorities at Shannon implemented an emergency plan which involved alerting the local authority fire service, National Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochána.

Three units of the fire brigade from Shannon Town along with a number of ambulances and gardaí responded to the airport. Additional units of the fire service from Ennis were requested to attend at a designated holding point adjacent to the M18 at Dromoland in case they might be required.

The aircraft landed safely at 3.27pm and was pursued along the runway by airport emergency crews.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The jet was accompanied to the terminal by emergency services who remained with the aircraft until the captain was happy for them to stand down.

The flight was later cancelled for what the airline described as “aircraft maintenance”.

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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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