BA jet diverted twice to Shannon

The same British Airways passenger jet was forced to divert to Shannon Airport twice in just three days after suffering mechanical problems over the Atlantic.

The crew of the 16-year-old Boeing 777-200(ER) (registration G-VIIS) declared an emergency shortly before 10am yesterday while approaching the Donegal coast en route from Seattle, Washington in the US to London Heathrow.

There were 220 passengers and crew on board flight BAW-48 when the pilot advised air traffic controllers of the problem and that they wished to divert to Shannon Airport.

The pilot reported an oil leak in the right engine which they shut down before issuing a Pan-Pan distress call. A ‘Pan’ distress call signifies an urgency on board but it differs from a May-Day emergency because the aircraft or passengers are not in any immediate danger.

Airport crash and rescue crews were standing by at strategic locations along the runway ahead of the jet’s arrival. The flight touched down safely, with just one engine operating, at 10.24am.

The jet taxied to the terminal where firefighters inspected the jet’s undercarriage for any sign of overheating as a result of the emergency landing.

Engineers were also standing by to investigate the engine

Just one incoming flight was affected, an in-bound Ryanair flight, which was placed in a holding pattern for a short time.

On Friday night, the same jet, operating as flight BAW-215 from London Heathrow to Boston, turned around over the Atlantic and also diverted to Shannon when the crew reported a fault in one of the jet’s generators


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