Transatlantic flight diverted to Shannon after captain became indisposed
The co-pilot had declared a medical emergency.
A transatlantic flight was diverted to Shannon Airport on Wednesday morning after the captain had fallen ill.
Norwegian Air Shuttle flight DY-7042 was travelling from Florida to Copenhagen early Wednesday morning when it was diverted to Shannon Airport at 9.51am.
The co-pilot declared a medical emergency, reporting that a ‘crew member’ had fallen ill. The airline has since confirmed it was the captain.
The captain was then met by medical staff on the runway, where he was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.
There were 266 passengers and crew on board.
The Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner jet, which was carrying 266 passengers at the time, landed safely shortly before 10am in Shannon where it was met by airport authorities and ambulance paramedics.
Passengers were allowed to disembark the aircraft while in Shannon and were provided with meal vouchers for the inconvenience. It's understood that arrangements were then made to continue them on their journey to Copenhagen.
JOE spoke to Norwegian Airlines following the incident.
A Norwegian spokesperson told JOE: “Flight DY7042 from Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen was diverted to Shannon Airport this morning where it landed safely.
"The safety and security of our passengers and crew is Norwegian's highest priority and the diversion was made as a precaution after the captain fell ill.
"The captain was replaced and the flight resumed to Copenhagen this afternoon. We would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
The flight continued its journey at 1.30pm.