Holiday jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Holiday jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger


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A holiday jet made an unscheduled landing at Shannon Airport this evening after the crew reported they needed to seek medical attention for a passenger.

Thomson flight BY-1448 was less than an hour into its journey from Glasgow, Scotland to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands when the crew turned around.

The flight was about 50 kilometres southwest of Cork at around 4.15pm when the crew advised air traffic controllers that they had a ‘medical situation’ on board and wished to divert to Shannon Airport. The crew was cleared to make a U-turn and reroute to the mid-west airport.

It’s understood the passenger was a woman in her 40s who was reported to be ‘haemorrhaging’ and losing consciousness. It’s also believed that there was at least one doctor on board who tended to the woman as the flight descended towards Shannon.

Airport authorities and the National Ambulance Service were advised of the inbound emergency and an ambulance was dispatched to the airport ahead of the aircraft’s arrival.

The Boeing 737-800 jet landed at 4.33pm and was met at the terminal by airport ground crews and ambulance paramedics. The woman was assessed at the airport before being removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight resumed its journey to Lanzarote shortly after 6.00pm.

So far this year, the airport has dealt with around 50 unscheduled landings 15 of which were medical diversions. There were 16 medical emergencies in 2018.


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.