Jet Diverts To Shannon With Seriously Ill Passenger

Pic via Pat Flynn

A woman has been rushed to hospital after the flight on which she was travelling diverted to Shannon Airport this afternoon.

 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight 243 was travelling from Amsterdam in The Netherlands to the Dutch island of Saint Maarten in the Southern Caribbean at the time.

There were 272 passengers and crew on board the Airbus A330 jet.


 The flight was about 450 kilometres west of Shannon Airport when the flight crew declared a medical emergency shortly after 1.00pm.

 The flight crew confirmed they had a woman on board suffering from a suspected stroke and that she was being cared for by a doctor.

 The flight was cleared to reroute to Shannon where emergency medical services were placed on standby.

The National Ambulance Service was alerted and requested to dispatch an emergency ambulance to the airport.

 The flight landed at 1.49pm and was met by airport fire crews. Emergency vehicles accompanied the aircraft to the terminal where ambulance crews were also standing by.

 Paramedics quickly boarded the aircraft and assessed the patient before the woman was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

 The flight is expected to continue its journey shortly.