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British Airways airliner checked for faults after crew twice had to make unscheduled landings in Ireland in three days

By Peter Woodman

A British Airways plane is being checked after its crew twice had to make unscheduled landings in Ireland in three days.

On each occasion the Boeing 777 had to touch down at Shannon airport in Co Clare due to technical issues.

In the first incident on Friday the plane was flying from Heathrow airport to Boston, USA, when it put down at Shannon. After being checked over, the plane carried on to Boston.

The same aircraft, with 220 passengers aboard, left Seattle on Saturday for Heathrow when it again had to divert to Shannon where it landed just before 10.30am yesterday.

Passengers were flown back later on a replacement flight, with the Boeing 777 being checked over.

A BA spokeswoman said the first incident had occurred due to a "suspected technical issue".

Of the second incident, the spokeswoman said: "Our flight diverted to Shannon due to a minor technical issue and our cabin crew looked after the customers on board. Safety is always our first priority, and the aircraft diverted purely as a precaution."

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