Holiday jet diverts to Shannon with sick passenger

Holiday jet diverts to Shannon with sick passenger


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A holiday flight diverted to Shannon Airport on Wednesday afternoon after the crew declared a medical emergency off the southwest coast.

Corsair flight SS-924 was travelling from Orly Airport in Paris to Fort-de-France, the capital of the Caribbean island of Martinique.

The Airbus A330-300 was about 280 kilometres southwest of Cork when the crew advised air traffic controllers that they required to divert and seek medical attention for a passenger.

Airport fire and rescue crews were standing by for the flight when it landed safely at 2.20pm. The flight crew requested emergency services to be available to check the aircraft’s braking system to ensure it hadn’t overheated following an overweight landing.

The aircraft taxied to the terminal where National Ambulance Service paramedics were waiting to board the plane and assess the patient. A passenger was removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight resumed its journey to Martinique at 4.15pm.

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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.