Jet in medical emergency landing at Shannon

Jet in medical emergency landing at Shannon


British Airways flight 2169 arriving in Shannon this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A US-bound passenger jet made a U-turn over the Atlantic and diverted to Shannon Airport after a passenger suddenly fell ill.

British Airways flight BA-2169 departed Gatwick Airport in England shortly before 10.00am and was about 90 minutes into its journey to Fort Lauderdale in Florida when the crew declared an emergency. There were 278 passengers a crew of 13 on board.

The Boeing 777-200 jet was south west of Ireland when the crew informed controllers they had an elderly man on board who required urgent medical attention. It’s understood that man in is 70s suffered a heart attack on board.

Airport fire crews were standing by for the jet when it landed at 12.18pm while National Ambulance Service paramedics were waiting at the terminal to board aircraft immediately.

Fire crews followed the aircraft along the runway after landing and remained with the plane until it reached the terminal. This was to ensure the jet’s braking system hadn’t overheated in the emergency landing.

An airline spokeswoman said: “Our flight diverted after a customer became unwell and needed urgent medical attention. We have apologised to our customers for the delay, and the flight is continuing on its way to Fort Lauderdale.”

The passenger was removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. The flight continued its journey to the US at 1.45pm.

Last Friday, up to 30 passengers and crew were assessed by paramedics at Shannon Airport after their flight was forced to divert.

Virgin Atlantic Airways flight VS-1050 was travelling from Florida to Gatwick when smoke was detected in the cockpit. The flight landed safely and no one required hospitalisation.

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.