Monday 18 February 2019

Passenger dies on board transatlantic flight forced to divert to Shannon Airport

Flight rerouted to Shannon as cabin crew members attended to woman

Shannon Airport (Stock picture)
Shannon Airport (Stock picture)

Pat Flynn

A passenger died on a flight that was forced to divert to Shannon Airport on Friday evening.

It was the second time in five days that a passenger on board a transatlantic flight passed away after suddenly falling ill.

Yesterday, Air Canada flight AC-849 from London’s Heathrow Airport to Toronto in Canada diverted to the mid-west airport after the crew declared a medical emergency.

The Boeing 777 jet was about and hour into its journey and approximately 400 km north west of Mayo when the crew turned around. The flight rerouted to Shannon with cabin crew members battling to resuscitate the elderly woman.

The flight landed safely at 5.15pm and was met by airport emergency services and National Ambulance Service paramedics. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the county coroner informed.

Her body was removed to University Hospital Limerick where a postmortem examination is expected to be carried out while efforts are also being made to repatriate the remains to Canada.

The flight continued its journey to Toronto about two hours after landing at Shannon.

Last Monday, an 88-year-old man died after the Delta Air Lines flight from Amsterdam to Atlanta on which he was travelling from Amsterdam to the US diverted to Shannon.

Meanwhile, also on Friday, Austrian Airlines flight OS-93 made an unscheduled landing at the mid-west airport after the crew declared an emergency just north of Mayo. The crew reported they had a man on board whom they believed to have suffered a heart attack.

The passenger was assessed at the airport before being removed to hospital by ambulance.

The mid-west airport handled a 30 medical emergencies alone in 2016. In two incidents, passengers passed away on board before they landed at Shannon despite the best efforts of crew and medics on board

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