Wednesday 13 December 2017

International flight bound for New York makes emergency diversion to Shannon Airport

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

An international flight bound for New York was forced to divert to Shannon Airport due to an in flight emergency.

The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner left Paris at 6.30pm local time and was scheduled to reach New York (JFK) at 8.30pm local time.

However, flight DY7019 was forced to make an emergency landing and asked for permission to land at Shannon Airport due to technical issues.

Early reports suggested that this was due to a pregnant passenger giving birth on board - but these reports were not confirmed.

The pilot then changed the plane's direction over the Atlantic Ocean and headed for Shannon.

A Norwegian spokesperson said: "We can confirm that Norwegian flight DY7019 from Paris to New York diverted to Shannon this evening as a precaution due to a technical issue.

"The aircraft has landed safely at Shannon and further checks are now being carried out."

It is understood that the Norwegian flight - carrying 294 people between passengers and crew - touched ground safely shortly after 9pm.

Norwegian airline has arranged hotel accommodation locally for passengers overnight as the flight is expected to resume on Monday morning.

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