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Passenger jet lands safely in Shannon airport after cargo hold fire


The flight declared an emergency as it approached the Irish coast Credit: AirLive.net

A passenger jet bound for Paris made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport due to a suspected fire in its cargo hold.

The Aeromexico Boeing Dreamliner was traveling from Mexico City to Paris when it was forced to declared an emergency at around 2.30pm.

Passing near the Irish coast, the twin-engine plane, which can carry between 242 to 335 passengers, diverted to Shannon after a fire was detected in the cargo hold.

Landing safely, the flight was met by emergency vehicles stationed by the runaway, said a spokesperson for Shannon Airport.

The Aeromexico jet is to be removed from the runaway so that emergency services can safely open the hold.

A spokesperson for Shannon Airport said: “Shannon Airport can confirm that the emergency response that was activated for  the arrival of a diverted Aeromexico flight this afternoon has now been stood down.

"The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which was en route from Mexico City to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, landed safely at Shannon at 14:50p.m.  All 193 passengers and crew were disembarked and the aircraft subsequently assessed at a remote location.”

Subsequent investigation revealed that there had been no fire on board.

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