Medical emergency on board Aer Lingus flight to New York forces plane to return to Ireland
A passenger became ill on board
An Aer Lingus flight to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York was forced to return to Shannon Airport after a medical emergency.
Flight EI111 departed Shannon Airport shortly after 12pm today when a passenger became ill one hour into the journey.
A decision was made to return to base and the flight landed safely.
The passenger was treated by HSE staff and was transferred to University Hospital Limerick.
172 guests were on board and the flight departed again shortly after 3pm.
Shannon Airport has issued the following statement:
"Shannon Airport confirmed that an Aer Lingus flight (EI 111) which departed Shannon Airport en route to New York JFK at 12.08hrs today (Thursday 10 November 2016) returned to Shannon with a medical emergency when a passenger became ill.
"The plane landed safely at 14.10 pm. The individual is currently being treated by HSE personnel and is expected subsequently to be taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick."
Aer Lingus confirmed that there will be no disruptions to other services.
"The flight departed again for New York at 15:07. We do not anticipate and further disruption to our schedule as a result of this delay."