Updated: 30/12/16 : 12:48:48
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Medical emergency forces fourth flight diversion to Shannon

A transatlantic jet diverted to Shannon Airport early this morning after a passenger was reported to have fallen seriously ill.

British Airways flight BA206 was travelling from Miami to London when the crew declared a medical emergency at around 5am.

The pilot requested a cardiac ambulance to be standing by for their arrival. The Boeing 747 landed at 5.55am.

The aircraft was met by National Ambulance Service paramedics and a doctor. The patient has been taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

This morning's diversion was the fourth that authorities at Shannon have dealt with over the holiday period.

On Christmas Eve a 10-year-old girl who was travelling on an Air Canada flight from Toronto to London, died after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest. See link below

On Christmas Day, an EL AL flight from Israel to the US was forced to make an unscheduled landing after a woman became ill.

On St Stephen's Day, an Open Skies flight from New York to Paris also diverted to airport so that passengers could use the toilet facilities.

The crew reported that the jet's toilets were "unserviceable".

Link: Sligo Today 29/12/2016