London-bound flight diverts to Shannon with technical issue

London-bound flight diverts to Shannon with technical issue


Flight BA-274 at Shannon this afternoon – © The Clare Herald/Pat Flynn 2020

A transatlantic flight as forced to divert to Shannon Airport this afternoon after the crew reported a technical issue that would prevent them from landing at their destination.

British Airways flight BA-274 left Las Vegas in the U.S. at 4.40am Irish time and was due to land at London’s Heathrow Airport at 2.55pm.

At around 12.30pm however, while the flight was still west of Ireland, the flight crew of the Boeing 747-400 jet contacted to advise them of an issue.

The pilots confirmed they had a ‘slight technical problem’ that would affect their crosswind landing capability at Heathrow and therefor they would be unable to land there.

It’s understood the the flight crew reported a possible problem with the jet’s rudder which would have impacted their crosswind landing capability in London where the effects of Storm Brendan were still being felt.

The crew opted to divert and land Shannon as a precaution and have the issue investigated. The flight landed without issue at 1.21pm.

A replacement aircraft was flown in to take the passengers onto Heathrow. The flight was also carrying company engineers who were flown in to investigate the problem.

A British Airways spokesperson confirmed: “The aircraft diverted to Shannon as a precaution after a minor technical issue. We have sent a replacement aircraft to fly our customers back to Heathrow as soon as possible. We have apologised to our customers for the delay to their journey. The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority.”

The incident jet was expected to remain grounded at Shannon until the issue could be resolved.

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.