Emergency services on standby for jet diversion

Emergency services on standby for jet diversion

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Rouge flight 1915 after landing at Shannon this afternoon - Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Emergency services were standing by for a transatlantic flight that diverted to Shannon Airport with an ill passenger this afternoon.

Air Canada Rouge flight ROU-1915 was travelling from Barcelona, Spain to Toronto Canada at the time. There were 282 passengers and crew of 8 on board.

The Boeing 767-300(ER) jet had already overflown Ireland and was about 250 kilometres northwest of Mayo when the crew made a U-turn.

The pilots had been in contact with air traffic controllers at the Irish Aviation Authority’s North Atlantic Communications Centre at Ballygirreen in Co Clare at the time.

The flight crew had initially reported they had a ‘medical situation’ on board which was being ‘evaluated’ but later confirmed they wished to divert to Shannon.

On the ground, airport authorities and the National Ambulance Service were alerted. Airport fire and rescue crews were also scrambled to designated standby positions adjacent the runway at Shannon while an ambulance was dispatched to the airport.

The flight landed at 2.20pm and was met by fire crews who followed the aircraft to the terminal. The flight crew had indicated they would be making an overweight landing so firefighters carried out checks on the plane’s brakes to ensure they hadn’t overheated during the emergency landing.

A passenger was assessed by paramedics at the airport before being removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. The flight resumed its journey shortly after 4.00pm.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

 

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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.

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