Transatlantic Turkish Airlines flight diverts to Shannon Airport after emergency on board

Transatlantic Turkish Airlines flight diverts to Shannon Airport after emergency on board

A transatlantic long-haul flight was forced to divert to Shannon Airport on Thursday morning after an emergency situation on board.

The Turkish Airlines B777 plane was travelling from Washington in the US to Istanbul in Turkey when the alarm was raised.

A medical emergency on the aircraft was reported when the flight was around an hour out from Shannon.

It is understood that the passenger, a man in his 60s, was suffering from chest pain.

After further assessment from staff, it was decided that the plane should land in the Clare airport.

The flight landed safely at Shannon at around 10.20am.

Shannon Airport

The ill passenger was taken off the flight and transferred to the awaiting HSE personal.

He was then transferred to a local hospital for treatment.

The Turkish Airlines flight subsequently left Shannon again around three and a half hours later just before 2pm.

A spokesperson for Shannon Group said: “A spokesperson for Shannon Group has confirmed that a Turkish Airlines plane, B777, diverted to Shannon international Airport this morning due to a medical emergency on board.

“The aircraft was operating from Washington to Istanbul and landed safely in Shannon at 1021hrs.

“A passenger on board was removed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to a local hospital. The flight later departed at 1355hrs.”

Turkish Airlines have been contacted by the Irish Mirror for comment.

It comes after the airport welcomed the world’s largest plane this week.

The biggest aircraft in the world spanning the length of one and a half Olympic swimming pools touched down in Shannon Airport on Tuesday.

The six-storey-high, Ukrainian-built Antonov AN-225 is the only one of its kind and the largest commercial cargo plane in the world.

It landed at Shannon Airport from China carrying a cargo consignment for distribution in the Irish retail sector.

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