Air controller praised in emergency landing alert
A quick-thinking airport radar controller was praised for his action which may have prevented a serious accident.
A private Gulfstream IV aircraft was descending steeply towards mountainous ground as it tried to land at Kerry Airport when the controller at Shannon intervened.
In a report from the Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport, the controller at Shannon was commended because his "direct and forceful intervention quite possibly made the difference in averting a controlled flight into terrain accident''.
The incident occurredon July 13, 2009, and the plane, which developed a number of problems after take-off, returned to land safely.