US military plane makes emergency landing at Shannon

US military plane makes emergency landing at Shannon

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The C130 Hercules transport plane arriving at Shannon this evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A US military plane has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this evening.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport plane suffered an issue with one of its engines forcing the crew to shut it down.

The plane was travelling with two other aircraft all of which were due to make a technical stop in Shannon. It’s understood there were 30 crew and passengers on board the plane.

The pilot declared an emergency shortly before the plane was due in Shannon and requested fire crews to be standing by for their arrival.

Units of the local authority fire service from Shannon Town and Ennis were dispatched to Shannon to support the airport’s own fire and rescue service. A number of ambulances and several Garda units were also sent to the airport.

The flight landed safely shortly before 7.00pm and taxied to a remote parking stand accompanied by fire crews.

Engineers are expected inspect the engine to assess the cause of the problem before it continues its journey.

The aircraft is attached to the 139th Airlift Wing, a unit of the Missouri Air National Guard stationed in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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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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