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Medical emergency on board Aer Lingus flight to New York forces plane to return to Ireland

Passenger became ill on board

By Amy Molloy

Published 10/11/2016

The plane was forced to divert from its planned course.
The plane was forced to divert from its planned course.

An Aer Lingus flight to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York was forced to return to Shannon Airport after a medical emergency.

Flight EI111 departed Shannon Airport shortly after 12pm on Thursday when the passenger became ill mid-flight.

The passenger is currently being treated by medics and is expected to be transferred to University Hospital Limerick.

Shannon Airport, in a statement said: "Shannon Airport confirmed that an Aer Lingus flight (EI 111) which departed Shannon Airport en route to New York JFK at 12.08hrs today (Thursday 10 November 2016)  returned to  Shannon with a medical emergency when a passenger became ill.

"The plane landed safely at 14.10 pm. The individual is currently being treated by HSE personnel and is expected subsequently to be taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick."

Aer Lingus has been contacted to see if any other flights are expected to be delayed as a result.

More to follow.

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