Thursday 20 October 2016

New York Mets legend Rusty Staub suffered heart attack on US bound flight from Ireland

Patrick Flynn

Published 03/10/2015 | 18:05

Rusty Staub
Rusty Staub

A man who suffered a heart attack on a flight from Shannon to the US on Thursday is a former American baseball player.

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New York Mets legend Rusty Staub fell ill on a United Airlines flight on Thursday morning.

71-year-old Mr Staub, who played for the Mets in the 70’s and 80’s, is continuing his recovery at University Hospital Limerick.

The baseball legend was on board United Airlines flight UA-24 which returned to Shannon after turning around over the Atlantic.

The crew reported contacted air traffic controllers at Shannon and advised them that a passenger on board had suffered a suspected heart attack.

There were two doctors on board the flight and they helped resuscitate Mr Staub while the flight returned to the airport.

He was later rushed to hospital for treatment. The flight was later cancelled and passengers accommodated in local hotels on Thursday night.

A statement from the New York Mets said Mr Staub is 'resting comfortably in a hospital' and that his prognosis is ‘good’.

"Rusty and his family ask that we respect his privacy during this period. He is in the thoughts and prayers of the Mets organisation,” the statement added.

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