JP McManus jet in emergency landing at Shannon

JP McManus jet in emergency landing at Shannon


Mr McManus’ jet after landing at Shannon this evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A private jet owned by millionaire business man and race horse owner JP McManus has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this evening.

There were five people on board the Gulfstream G650 jet including, it’s understood, Mr McManus himself.

The crew declared an emergency over the Irish Sea and turned around before they were due to enter UK airspace. The flight had only left Shannon a short time earlier.

The crew confirmed they had suffered an engine failure and declared a May-Day emergency.

On the ground at Shannon, emergency procedures were put in place. Airport fire and rescue crews were deployed to designated holding points along Shannon’s main runway while units of the local authority fire service from Shannon Town and Ennis were mobilised to the airport along with ambulances and rapid response advanced paramedic unit.

The flight landed safely at Shannon at around 7.00pm and was pursued along the runway by emergency vehicles. The jet was able to taxi under its own power to the Westair Aviation hangar accompanied by airport fire crews.

JP McManus makes his way to his helicopter after his jet made an emergency landing – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Mr McManus was later seen exiting the Westair Aviation base and walking to his private helicopter which then flew him to his home near Kilmallock, Co Limerick.

The €55m jet, acquired by Mr McManus in 2014, is based at Shannon Airport. The jet was the first G650 to be registered in Ireland and carries the registration EI-JSK, featuring the initials of McManus’s children John, Sue Ann, and Kieran.

Mr McManus acquired the Gulfstream 650 jet in 2014 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019
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.