A holiday jet diverted to Shannon with an ill passenger this afternoon while a replacement aircraft had to be flown in to complete the flight.
Jet2.com flight LS223 was travelling from Leeds in England to Tenerife South in the Canary Islands when the crew declared a medical emergency.
The flight had departed Leeds at 10.05am and was over an hour into it’s flight when the drama began. At the time, the flight was over the Celtic Sea about 400 kilometres south of Ireland when the pilot opted to turn around and divert to Shannon.
The pilot requested emergency medical services to be available for their arrival reporting that a passenger on board had fallen ill.
The crew also indicated that they would be making an overweight landing and requested the airport’s fire service to be available to check the jet’s undercarriage for any sign of overheating after landing.
The Boeing 757-200 jet landed safely at 12.20pm and was quickly pursued along the runway by airport fire crews.
Emergency vehicles followed the aircraft as it taxied to the terminal where fire crews, with water hoses at the ready, inspected the aircraft’s braking system for any evidence of fire or overheating.
Ambulance paramedics and a local doctor boarded the aircraft to assess the ill passenger.
The airline confirmed that the original flight diverted as a result of a medical emergency but didn’t provide any further details. It’s not clear whether any passenger was taken from the aircraft by medics or if that person was taken to hospital.
The flight was due to depart for Tenerife at 1.00pm after the aircraft was refuelled and the crew received a new flight plan.
However, the passengers were requested disembark and were taken to the terminal building. They were told their aircraft was unable to continue to Tenerife.
At 2.35pm, a replacement aircraft arrived from Leeds to take the passengers onto their destination. That flight departed at 4.07pm almost five hours after the original plane diverted to Shannon.
The jet that diverted to Shannon returned to Leeds shortly before 5.00pm. The airline has not commented on why a replacement aircraft was flown in.
The return flight to Leeds was delayed by over 5 hours as a result.