Flight in emergency medical diversion to Shannon

Flight in emergency medical diversion to Shannon


A Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-200 on a previous diversion to Shannon – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017


The flight departed Shannon at 1.04am on Sunday and flew to Gatwick Airport in England.


Earlier: A transatlantic flight has made an emergency medical diversion to Shannon Airport.

Delta Air Lines flight DL-32 was travelling from Atlanta in the U.S. state of Georgia to London’s Heathrow Airport at the time.

The Airbus A330-200 jet was about two hours west of Shannon when the crew informed air traffic controllers that they wished to divert to seek medical attention for a passenger.

The flight landed safely at 9.39am and was met at the terminal by airport staff, ground crews and National Ambulance Service paramedics.

The passenger was removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight resumed its journey to Heathrow at 11.20am.


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.