Two aircraft diversions to Shannon this morning

Two aircraft diversions to Shannon this morning



Wow Air flight WW-6 returned to Dublin at 11.54am while British Airways flight 292 continued to London at 12.35pm.

A British Airways flight on a previous diversion to Shannon – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A transatlantic flight has diverted to Shannon Airport after a woman was reported to be experiencing contractions. 

British Airways flight BA-292 was travelling from Washington in the US to Heathrow airport in London at the time.

The Boeing 787-900 jet was about 50kms south of Ireland when the crew advised air traffic controllers they had a ‘medical situation’ on board and might need to divert to Shannon.

A short time later, after the crew had assessed the situation, the pilot declared a ‘Pan’ medical emergency and requested clearance to turn around and divert to Shannon.

The crew confirmed they had a pregnant woman on board who appeared to be having contractions.

The flight landed safely at 10.05am and was met by airport personnel and National Ambulance Service paramedics who quickly boarded the flight. The woman was taken to hospital in Limerick for treatment.

A British Airways spokesman confirmed: “The flight diverted into Shannon as a precaution for a minor medical reason. The plan is for the flight to continue to Heathrow.”

Meanwhile, a flight forced to abort its landing at Dublin Airport because of the windy conditions there, also diverted to Shannon this morning.

Wow Air flight WW-6, from Reykjavik in Iceland to Dublin, performed a go-around after experiencing windshear. The crew had hoped to attempt a second landing but decided to divert to Shannon instead.

The flight landed at Shannon at 10.19am where it was refuelled in preparation for its return to Dublin when conditions there improve.

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.