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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Turkish airlines flights departs Ireland hours after making 'false alarm' emergency landing

Pat Flynn

Published 24/01/2016 | 11:02

A Turkish Airlines plane
A Turkish Airlines plane

A transatlantic passenger jet which made an emergency landing at Shannon this morning following a bomb threat, has departed Ireland.

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Turkish Airlines flight TK-34 departed Houston, Texas at 9.07pm local time on Saturday (4.07am Irish time Sunday) and was due in Istanbul, Turkey at around 3.45pm Irish time.

There were 227 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 777-300 jet.

It's understood that the crew became aware of the bomb threat after a written note was discovered on board.

Upon examination, no explosives were later found on the flight, and the flight departed Ireland this evening.

In a statement tonight, Turkish Airlines confirmed: "The plane has continued its flight after the termination of necessary procedures, as it has been understood that it was a false alert. It has already departed from Shannon Airport."

Before landing earlier today, the crew informed their operations centre who in turn alerted authorities in Ireland.

The pilot requested permission to divert and land at Shannon and was cleared to reroute to the mid west airport.

With the flight still almost two hours from Shannon, the airports emergency plan was put into action.

Units of the local authority fire service from Shannon and Ennis were sent to the airport as back up to the airport's own fire and rescue service. Ambulances from Ennis and Limerick were also mobilised along with Gardaí.

The Irish Coast Guard was also alerted to the incident and placed the RNLI lifeboat based at Kilrush on standby until the flight had safely crossed the west coast.

At around. 10.20am Irish time, the crew made radio contact with controllers at the Irish Aviation Authority's North Atlantic Communications Centre at Ballygirreen in Co Clare.

The crew issued a Pan-Pan distressed call and requested permission to dump fuel over the Atlantic to ensure they touched down within safe landing weight levels.

The flight landed safely at around 11.02am.

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