Flight returns to Shannon Airport with engine problem

Flight returns to Shannon Airport with engine problem



5.55pm – The aircraft was later moved to a stand at the end of the terminal where engineers carried out checks on the troubled engine. The plane was then towed to a remote taxiway where it was expected the remain overnight.

The airline’s website later confirmed that the flight had been cancelled while passengers were transported to local hotels for the night.

A spokesperson said: “Customers have been provided overnight accommodation and the flight will re-depart Friday as AA9240.”

Flight 89 pictured after returned to Shannon this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Earlier: A U.S. bound passenger jet has been forced to return to Shannon Airport after the aircraft suffered a problem with an engine after departure.

American Airlines flight AA-89 took off at 11.35am and was bound for Philadelphia in the U.S. at the time. There were 138 passengers and crew of 8 on board.

Almost immediately after departure the crew of the Boeing 757-200 jet advised air traffic controllers that they had an issue and would need to return to the airport. The crew reported they were experiencing ‘low power’ with the jet’s right engine.

The crew levelled off at 5,000 feet and entered a holding pattern over East Clare to burn off fuel before commencing their approach to land.

Shortly after midday, the flight crew confirmed they would be returning to the airport for an ‘overweight landing’. It’s understood the crew did not declare an emergency.

However, airport fire and rescue crews, who had been on standby, were mobilised to holding points on taxiways adjacent to the runway ahead of the jet’s return.

The flight landed safely at 12.23pm and was pursued along the runway by emergency vehicles. The jet made a U-turn at the end of the runway was able to taxi to the terminal under its own power accompanied by fire crews.

Aircraft engineers were also waiting at the gate to investigate the issue however it’s not yet clear whether the flight will continue to Philadelphia today.

An airline spokesperson said: “Flight 89 to Philadelphia (PHL) returned to Shannon (SNN) shortly after takeoff due to a mechanical issue. The flight landed safely and our maintenance team is currently evaluating the aircraft.”

Earlier, a Lufthansa flight from Vancouver in Canada to Frankfurt, Germany diverted to Dublin Airport.

Flight LH-493 made the unscheduled landing at Dublin to seek medical attention for a passenger. The Boeing 747-400 jet landed safely at around 9.10am and was met by ambulance paramedics.

The flight later continued its journey to Frankfurt.


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.