Published on : Saturday, January 5, 2019
An aircraft of American Airlines that was travelling from Madrid in Spain to New York had to be diverted to Shannon Airport after several passengers and cabin crew members complained of feeling really unwell.
The Boeing 767-300 jet was off the south coast of Ireland when the crew declared an emergency and requested clearance to divert to Shannon.
Many flight attendants and passengers started complaining of feeling ill after an odour was detected on board. Fire crews of the airport had been standing by for the jet when it landed around 4.35 p.m. A number of HSE ambulances and fire crews from Shannon and Ennis were also sent to the airport.
An American Airline spokesperson confirmed that the flight diverted due to an odour in the cabin.
The AA95 flight was scheduled to leave the Spanish capital for John F. Kennedy International Airport at 10.50am local time but it did not leave until 2.48pm.
Photojournalist and aviation photographer Tom Podole spotted the change of direction this afternoon.
Last Tuesday, an Aer Lingus plane flying from Dublin to Los Angeles turned around after almost three-and-a-half hours into the flight. The EI 145 flight was scheduled to leave Dublin at 3pm and arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at 6.05pm, local time.
However, after the plane reached Greenland, it turned around and started flying back towards Ireland.