Flight diverts to Shannon with sick passenger

Flight diverts to Shannon with sick passenger


United flight 22 arriving in Shannon on a previous diversion – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A flight from Dublin to the U.S. was forced to turned around over the Atlantic and divert to Shannon Airport this afternoon after the crew declared a medical emergency.

United Airlines flight UA-22 took off from Dublin at around 9.55am and was about 90 minutes into its journey to Newark in New Jersey when the crew turned around and diverted to Shannon.

The crew reported they had an ill passenger on board and requested emergency medical services to be standing for them on arrival.

The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner landed safely at 12.30pm and was met at the terminal by ambulance paramedics and airport authorities. The passenger was removed to hospital for treatment.

The flight continued its journey at 2.23pm.

The same flight diverted to Shannon with an ill passenger on August 5th last.

Earlier this month, another flight from Dublin to the U.S. was forced to turn around over the Atlantic and divert to Shannon.

Aer Lingus flight EI-119 was about two hours into its journey when the crew declared a medical emergency and turned around. The flight was met on arrival by National Ambulance Service paramedics who removed the patient to hospital for treatment.

Earlier today, American Airlines flight AA-786 from Charlotte, North Carolina to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris diverted to Dublin Airport with a sick traveller.


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.