Sunday 22 April 2018

Woman (87) arrested as plane forced to divert

Pat Flynn

An elderly woman was arrested last night after the flight on which she was travelling was forced to divert to Shannon Airport.

It's understood that the woman, believed to be aged 87, became disruptive on board the transatlantic jet and that at least one cabin crew member was assaulted.

The woman, who is believed to have been travelling in First Class, had to be restrained by cabin crew members.

The pilot requested authorities to be on stand-by for their arrival in Shannon.

Gardaí and airport police officers were waiting for the Air Canada flight ACA-877 when it landed at Shannon at around 8.15pm.

The Boeing 777-300 jet was en route from Frankfurt in Germany to Toronto and was 1,000km north-west of Shannon when the crew opted to turn around.

The crew also dumped fuel over the Atlantic to ensure they could touch down within safe landing-weight limits.

The flight touched down at 8.14pm and was able to taxi directly to the terminal building where it was met by airport police officers and gardaí.

The woman was arrested and taken to Shannon Garda Station for questioning.

Irish Independent

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