Turkish Airlines Flight Diverts To Shannon After Passenger Falls Ill

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A transatlantic jet has diverted to Shannon Airport after a passenger was reported to have fallen ill.

The Turkish Airlines flight was travelling from Washington in the US to Istanbul at the time.

Turkish Airlines flight TK-8 was about an hour west of Shannon when the crew reported they had a passenger on board who was complaining of chest pain.


The crew confirmed there were doctors on board the flight and after assessing the passenger, that it would be advisable to divert to a seek further urgent medical attention.

It’s understood the ill passenger is a male in his 60s.

The flight crew sought clearance to divert to Shannon and requested emergency medical services to be alerted and standing by for their arrival.

The aircraft landed at around twenty past 10 and taxied to the terminal where National Ambulance Service paramedics and a doctor were waiting to treat the patient.

The passenger was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for further treatment.

The flight is due to resume its journey to Istanbul this lunchtime.