Transatlantic jet in Shannon emergency landing

Transatlantic jet in Shannon emergency landing



Friday – 1.45pm – Passengers continued their flight this afternoon at 1.22pm on the replacement aircraft operating as flight AA-9243.

The incident aircraft remains grounded in Shannon for repairs.

Thursday – 5.10pm – Passengers have been sent to hotels for the night and are expected to continue their journey on Friday morning.

The airline confirmed: “American Airlines flight AA63 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Miami (MIA) diverted to Shannon (SNN), Ireland, due to a mechanical issue. The flight landed safely at Shannon and we will be providing hotel accommodation for our customers, as the flight will re-depart tomorrow morning. We apologize to our customers for the disruption to their journey and our Customer Relations team will be reaching out to provide additional assistance.”

Thursday – 11.30pm – A replacement aircraft, flight AA-9644, has departed New York and is due in Shannon at around 3.20am. The passengers are expected to continue their journey to Miami on flight AA-63P at midday on Friday.

American Airlines flight 63 about to land this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Earlier: A transatlantic jet has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport after developing a mechanical fault over the Atlantic.

The crew of American Airlines flight AA-63 declared a Mayday at around 1.15pm this afternoon after reporting an issue with one of the jet’s engines.

The Boeing 777-200 jet, with 219 passengers and crew on board, was over an hour northwest of Shannon and about three hours into its flight from Paris to Miami in Florida at the time.

Units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Shannon Town and Ennis were sent to Shannon to provide support the airport’s own fire and rescue service.

American Airlines flight 63 landing at Shannon this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A number of National Ambulance Service resources and Garda units were also dispatched to the airport while the Irish Coast Guard was alerted.

RNLI lifeboats based at Kilrush, Aran Islands and Fenit were placed on standby for the emergency along with Shannon Estuary Mud Search and Rescue.

The flight landed safely at 2.27pm.

The airline has confirmed that the flight suffered a ‘mechanical’ issue.

A spokeswoman said: “Our maintenance team will evaluate the aircraft, we hope to get our customers on their way to Miami as soon as possible.”




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.