Crew assessed by paramedics after Shannon emergency landing

Crew assessed by paramedics after Shannon emergency landing

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British Airways flight 2201 pictured north of Ennis on approach to Shannon Airport this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A number of flight attendants have been assessed by paramedics at Shannon Airport after their aircraft made an emergency landing this afternoon.

British Airways flight BA-2201 was flying from Gatwick Airport in England to Cancun in Mexico when the crew made a U-turn over the Atlantic and diverted to the mid-west airport. There were 237 passengers and a crew of 13 on board the Boeing 777-200 jet.

The flight crew reported they had detected fumes in the cockpit and passenger cabin and that a number of persons on board appeared to have been affected and would require to be checked by paramedics on arrival.

On the ground at Shannon, authorities implemented emergency procedures ahead of the flight’s arrival. This involved alerting the HSE, National Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochána.

Five ambulances, two advanced paramedic rapid response vehicles and an ambulance officer were dispatched to the airport.

It’s understood that eight cabin crew members were assessed by paramedics however no passengers were affected.

The flight landed safely at 3.18pm and was pursued along the runway by airport fire and rescue crews who also accompanied the jet to the terminal.

Five ambulances and two rapid response advanced paramedic vehicles were sent to the airport – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

After it was confirmed their flight had been cancelled, the passengers were transported by bus to hotels in Clare and Limerick. It’s expected that a replacement aircraft will be flown to Shannon tomorrow to take the passengers onto their destination.

A British Airways spokesman confirmed: “We’re very sorry for the delay to our customers’ journeys. We have provided them with accommodation following their diversion into Shannon due to a minor technical issue.

The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we would never operate a flight unless it was safe to do so.”

 

 

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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.

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