Plane diverted to Shannon after declaring medical emergency

By Patrick Flynn

A holiday jet has been forced to make an unscheduled landing at Shannon Airport this evening.

The Thomas Cook Airlines flight 5828 was travelling from the Tenerife to Oslo when the crew declared a medical emergency shortly before 8pm.

There were almost 400 passengers and crew on board the Airbus A330-300 jet.

The crew reported they had an ill passenger on board who had been assessed by a doctor.

It is understood that the doctor recommended that the crew divert and land as soon as possible.

Airport emergency crews were placed on standby at the airport for the jet when it landed just after 8.30pm.

A HSE ambulance and local doctor were also waiting at the terminal building for the flight.

The passenger has been taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The flight was expected to continue its journey after the crew received a new flight plan and the passengers baggage had been removed in accordance with security procedures.

KEYWORDS: Shannon Airport


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