Transatlantic flight makes emergency landing at Shannon Airport

A transatlantic flight was diverted to Shannon Airport today after its crew declared an emergency shortly after takeoff.

United Airlines Flight UA-37 departed Edinburgh Airport just after 11:00 am and was about 75 kilometers north of Donegal when the crew landed at 25,000 feet and declared an emergency.

It is understood that the Boeing 767-400(ER) jet suffered from pressure problems. The flight, with 252 passengers and crew on board, was bound for Newark, New Jersey, USA at the time.

The flight crew made a mayday radio call and broadcast an emergency squawk signal on the aircraft’s transponder. The crew applied for permission to divert to Shannon Airport and were quickly cleared to do so. The flight was diverted to Shannon where emergency procedures were put in place on the ground.

A spokesman for Shannon Airport said: “On-site emergency procedures have been put in place at Shannon, with the airport’s Fire and Ambulance Service mobilized along with Clare County Council Fire Service, Health Service Ambulance and An Garda Siochana as part of the emergency activation airport plan.

“United Airlines Flight UA-37, a Boeing 767-400 (ER), landed safely at Shannon at 12:05 p.m.”

Firefighters from the airport and local authorities were dispatched to holding points on taxiways adjacent to the runway prior to the jet’s arrival. After landing safely, the aircraft was quickly followed by emergency vehicles along the runway.

The flight crew had also confirmed prior to their arrival that they would land overweight. Firefighters then used thermal imaging cameras to check whether the jet’s landing gear had overheated during the emergency landing. When it was confirmed that there was no overheating or fire, responders were dispatched.

Engineers are investigating the cause of the problem while a comment from the airline is awaited. Transatlantic flight makes emergency landing at Shannon Airport

Fry Electronics Team

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