Sunday 11 December 2016

Transatlantic flight forced to make emergency landing at Shannon after passenger falls ill

Two emergency flight landings at the airport in less than 12 hours

Published 02/12/2016 | 10:48

Shannon Airport (pictured left) has had two emergency landings in less than 12 hours
Shannon Airport (pictured left) has had two emergency landings in less than 12 hours
Credit: Airport Webcam/Twitter

A transatlantic flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Ireland after a passenger fell ill.

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The Air Berlin flight AB-7447 travelling from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic was diverted to Shannon in the early hours of Friday morning.

Carrying 287 passengers and a small flight crew, the plane was destined for Dusseldorf before the medical emergency arose.

Members of the crew called ahead for a doctor and ambulance - and emergency services were at hand when the plane landed.

According to a spokesperson for Shannon Airport, the flight landed safely at 4.45am.

The passenger who had taken ill was then transported to University Hospital Limerick.

It is not known what the condition of the passenger is at this time.

The emergency landing was the second in under 12 hours as an Aer Lingus was forced to land at Shannon on Thursday evening.

Flight EI-495 was en route from Faro in Portugal to Dublin when the crew made the decision to divert the plane.

Carrying some 106 passengers and a crew of six, a "technical issue" meant that the flight could not continue.

The flight landed safely shortly before 8.30pm and was met by airport fire crews on the runway as a precautionary measure.

According to an Aer Lingus spokesperson, passengers were transported back to Dublin by coach.

It is understood that the plane is still parked at Shannon Airport. 

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