Saturday 24 February 2018

Flight forced to land in Dublin after crew fall ill

US Airways flight 715 on the runway at Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin
US Airways flight 715 on the runway at Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin
MYSTERY AFFLICTION: The US Airways flight safely on the ground at Dublin Airport yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin

Joanna Kiernan, Geraldine Gittens and Alyson Henry

Mystery surrounds the diversion of a US Airways flight, which had to land at Dublin Airport yesterday after at least nine crew members on board became ill.

The crew on the US Airways flight, bound for Philadelphia, were taken to Beaumount Hospital shortly after 2.30pm after taking ill during the flight.

A public health alert was issued as the plane was due to land. However, passengers were disembarked from the plane shortly after the crew had been taken away by the emergency services.

The crew on US Airways flight 715 are reported to have been complaining of nausea, running eyes and dizziness before being taken to hospital.

Six ambulances, a paramedic car and five fire engines rushed to Dublin Airport and waited for the forced landing at around 3.15pm.

The flight had left Venice at around 11.30am, with some 185 passengers on board.

After landing, the aircraft was moved to a remote location at the airport, where paramedics attended to the affected crew.

A spokeswoman for US Airways said: "US Airways flight 715 from Venice to Philadelphia diverted to Dublin because several of our flight attendants reported medical issues.

"Medical professionals are evaluating our flight attendants and we are re-accommodating our customers on other flights to Philadelphia. There are no reports of illness from pilots or passengers."

According to Siobhan Moore of the Dublin Airport Authority. "Passengers have been disembarked and they will be put up in a hotel for the night. We have no details on what might have caused the illness as yet."

A spokesperson for the Dublin Fire Brigade said that all the ill crew members were "conscious and breathing" when attended to on the plane by emergency services.

A spokesperson for the HSE said: "Nine crew members were taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital after being triaged and assessed first on the plane at the airport. Our ambulance services have now been stood down."

However, the HSE spokesperson had no details about the cause or type of illness affecting the crew.

Station manager at the Irish Aviation Authority Don Rennie told the Sunday Independent that they received a request for the flight to be diverted into Dublin Airport because "a number of cabin crew had taken ill".

"It is a matter of public concern when a number of people on board a flight suddenly take ill," he said.

Sunday Independent

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