Lufthansa flight diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Lufthansa flight diverts to Shannon with ill passenger


A Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 at Shannon after diverting in 2013 -Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A transatlantic flight turned around over the Irish Sea and diverted to Shannon Airport this morning to seek urgent medical assistance for a passenger.

Lufthansa flight LH-411 departed JFK Airport in New York last night and was en route to Munich, Germany with 271 passengers on board.

The flight turned around near the Welsh coast and diverted to Shannon after the crew reported they had an ill passenger on board.

The Airbus A340-600 landed safely in Shannon at 5.44am and was met at the terminal by airport authorities and National Ambulance Service paramedics. The passenger was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick along with a companion.

The flight continued to Munich about two hours later.

A Lufthansa spokesperson confirmed: “Flight LH411 did divert to Shannon for medical reasons. One passenger needed urgent medical assistance and the crew decided to divert to the next suitable airport on its route. The passenger in need of medical assistance was then taken care of by local ambulance and de-boarded in Shannon.”

“Lufthansa puts the safety and well-being of its passengers and crew at first priority. Of course, we are asking the other passengers on this flight for their understanding for the delay caused,” the airline said.

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.