Flight diverts to Shannon with ill crew member

Flight diverts to Shannon with ill crew member


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A US-bound flight made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this afternoon after a flight attendant was reported to have fallen ill.

American Airlines flight AA-79 was operating between Heathrow Airport in London and Dallas, Texas in the US when the crew declared a medical emergency at around 3.45pm.
The crew of the Boeing 777-200 jet informed controllers that a female cabin crew member was complaining of chest pain and that they had been advised to divert and seek medical assistance.
It’s also understood that there was also a medical doctor on board who assessed the woman and treated her while the flight changed course and rerouted to Shannon.
On the ground at the mid west airport, fire and rescue crews were deployed to designated holding points alongside the runway ready to meet the aircraft on landing.
The jet landed safely at 4.03pm and was pursued along the runway by emergency vehicles. After fire personnel checked to ensure that the jet’s brakes had not overheated during the emergency landing , the aircraft taxied to the terminal building where National Ambulance Service paramedics were waiting to board the aircraft to attend to the ill crew member.
The woman was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment while the flight continued to Dallas at 6.43pm.
The airline confirmed that the flight diverted “due to an ill crew member” and that it later continued to its destination.
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.