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Flight diverted to Shannon over medical emergency... for fourth time in a week

An elderly lady who was travelling with family was found to be unresponsive on board the Barbados-bound flight.
Dec 31st 2016, 1:48 PM 25,799 35

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A FLIGHT HAS diverted to Shannon this morning due to a medical emergency on board – the fourth such incident in the last week.

The Thomson TUI flight was en route to Barbados from London Gatwick this morning when the crew requested permission to land at Shannon.

An elderly lady, believed to be aged in her 70s, was found to be unresponsive on board the Boeing Dreamliner.

It’s understood that the lady in question was travelling with family. A number of nurses on board the plane are understood to have subsequently brought her round.

The flight first requested clearance to emergency land at 10.40am this morning when flying southwest of the Cork coast.

The plane then had to dump fuel in order to make landing weight before eventually arriving at Shannon at 11.20am.

The ill patient was then taken to University College Hospital Limerick. Her condition is unknown.

The Thomson flight refuelled and continued on its journey just before 1pm.

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