Ireland Transatlantic flight emergency lands at Shannon after smoke detected on board

11:30  10 august  2018
11:30  10 august  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

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“A transatlantic flight was diverted to Shannon Airport on Monday after a message was discovered in a toilet claiming there was a bomb on board . Ahead of the landing , authorities at Shannon implemented emergency procedures which involved alerting the local authority fire service, HSE

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A TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this morning after the crew reported there was smoke on board.

Virgin Atlantic flight VS-50A was travelling from Orlando, Florida, in the US to Gatwick Airport in England at the time. The Airbus A330-300 jet was about an hour west of Ireland when the crew declared a MayDay and requested permission to divert to Shannon.

  Transatlantic flight emergency lands at Shannon after smoke detected on board © Getty

In the meantime, authorities at Shannon implemented an emergency plan which involved alerting the local authority fire service, HSE and gardaí.

  Transatlantic flight emergency lands at Shannon after smoke detected on board © Getty Units of the fire brigade from Shannon Town were sent to the airport while two additional appliances from Ennis were mobilised to a designated holding point off the M18 near Dromoland. A number of National Ambulance Service resources and Garda units also attended at the airport.

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Updated: 11th June 2018, 6:23 pm. A TRANSATLANTIC flight diverted to Shannon Airport today after a note was discovered in a toilet claiming there was a bomb on board . On the ground, authorities at Shannon implemented emergency procedures which involved mobilising its own fire

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The flight landed safely at 7.21am and taxied to the terminal building accompanied by emergency vehicles.

  Transatlantic flight emergency lands at Shannon after smoke detected on board © Getty The over-200 passengers were disembarked and taken to the airport’s transit lounge where they will await the arrival of a replacement aircraft which is expected later today.

Fire crews later boarded the aircraft to carry out an inspection while engineers were also called to check the jet for the source of the smoke.

  Transatlantic flight emergency lands at Shannon after smoke detected on board © Getty An airline spokeswoman said: “Our flight diverted to Shannon as a precautionary measure after reports of smoke onboard.”

The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we’re now doing all we can to get our customers to their final destination as quickly as possible.

“We’d like to apologise to our customers for the disruption to their journey and thank them for their patience,” she added.

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