Toronto-bound flight diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Toronto-bound flight diverts to Shannon with ill passenger



Saturday – 1.00am – The flight continued to Toronto at 12.55am.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Earlier: A Canada-bound flight was forced to turn around over the North Atlantic and divert to Shannon Airport after a passenger was reported to have fallen ill.

Air Canada flight AC-859 was travelling from London’s Heathrow Airport to Toronto in Canada at the time.

The flight was almost four hours into its journey and about two hours north west of Shannon when the crew declared a medical emergency and turned around. The crew advised air traffic controllers they wished to divert to Shannon to seek medical attention for the passenger.

National Ambulance Service paramedics were standing by for the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner jet when it landed at 11.20pm.

The passenger was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight is expected to continue to Toronto later.

Shannon Airport continues to handle the most unscheduled landings and emergency diversions of any Irish airport. With the longest runway in Ireland, at 3.2 kilometres, Shannon sees diversions on an almost weekly basis.

In 2017, of the 113 unscheduled landings, 24 were medical emergencies. Shannon handled six diversions in November, half of which were medical.

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.