Wednesday 4 March 2015

'Faulty' plane in emergency landing

Published 19/07/2013 | 16:01

An American Airlines flight to Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport
An American Airlines flight to Chicago was forced to divert to Dublin twice

A transatlantic plane has been forced into an emergency landing in Ireland because of a suspected mechanical fault.

The American Airlines Boeing 767 en route from Manchester to Chicago diverted to Shannon Airport shortly after 1pm on Friday.

The airline said it made the landing as a precaution.

"A maintenance team is evaluating the aircraft and it is scheduled to re-depart at 3.35pm local time," a spokesman for the airline said.

There were 199 passengers and 12 crew on board.

A spokesman for Shannon airport said the aircraft landed safely.

Passengers were taken off the plane to allow for the mechanical check.

Press Association

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