Flight Diverts To Shannon With Passenger In Need Of Urgent Medical Attention

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A transatlantic flight has diverted to Shannon Airport this afternoon after the crew reported they had a passenger on board who required urgent medical attention.

Lufthansa flight LH-470 was travelling from Frankfurt, Germany to Toronto in Canada and was about 700 kilometres northwest of Shannon Airport when the crew declared an emergency.

The crew of the Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner jet requested clearance to turn around and divert to Shannon Airport.


Authorities at Shannon were notified of the impending emergency arrival while the National Ambulance Service was also alerted and requested to dispatch resources to the airport.

The flight landed safely at 4.25pm and was met at the terminal by ambulance paramedics.

The passenger was assessed and treated at the airport before being removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for further treatment.

The flight is expected to resume its journey shortly.