Jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

Jet diverts to Shannon with ill passenger

By Patrick Flynn

A transatlantic flight diverted to Shannon Airport this afternoon after a passenger on board was reported to have fallen ill.

American Airlines flight AA-755 was travelling from Paris to Philadelphia when it turned around over Co Mayo.

There were 97 passengers and crew on board the Airbus A330-200 jet.

Fire crews were standing by for the aircraft when it landed safely at 2.40pm and accompanied the jet to the terminal.

Ambulance paramedics quickly boarded the jet to assess the passenger who was transported to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

On Wednesday, 12 people were taken to hospital when a United Airlines flight diverted after it encountered turbulence over the Atlantic.

A total of 23 people were assessed and triaged at the airport before 10 passengers and two flight attendants were transported to hospital with minor injuries.

The US’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the matter while Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) has said it will provide assistance on request if required to.


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