A MAN died on board a transatlantic jet yesterday while a second passenger is recovering in hospital.
The two passengers were travelling on board Alitalia flight AZ-610 en route from Rome to New York. The flight was around 100km west of Loop Head when the crew declared a May Day reporting a passenger had suffered a heart attack. About 15 minutes before landing, the pilot informed air traffic controllers at Shannon that staff were dealing with a second patient with cardiac problems. One passenger, a US citizen in his 80s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second was taken to University Hospital Limerick and was reported to stable last night.
UTV APPOINTS CHIEF
FORMER deputy director of TV programming for RTE, Mary Curtis, has been announced as the new head of channel for UTV Ireland.
She will play a key role in the new TV channel's development and oversee content. UTV Ireland is due to launch next January and Curtis says she is "delighted to be part of this new chapter in Irish television".
PRISON officers saved the life of paedophile Liam Adams after he had a heart attack in Maghaberry jail.
The brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams "died" in his cell, according to sources – but was revived by quick-thinking staff who resuscitated him. Adams is serving a 16-year sentence for raping daughter Aine when she was a child. Sources said that another prisoner raised the alarm last Tuesday when Adams suddenly "hit the deck".
FLU HIT YOUNG AND OLD
INFANTS and people over the age of 65 had the highest rate of hospitalisation due to flu this winter, according to a new report.
There were 612 hospitalisations reported and 231 of these patients were pensions, 75 of whom had to be admitted to intensive care. Another 35 babies under the age of one were also hospitalised with four suffering such complications from flu that they had to be place in intensive care. The flu has officially caused the deaths of 28 people this winter although the real numbers are much higher as many deaths are not notified.
NEW MAN IN AOSDANA
AOSDANA, the umbrella group for creative artists in Ireland, elected new member Joe Steve O Neachtain at its General Assembly in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham yesterday.
It brings the body's total membership to 246.