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Emirates diverts US-bound flight to Ireland as passenger falls ill

Emirates aircraft on route from Dubai to Boston makes an emergency diversion at Shannon Airport

Emirates diverts US-bound flight to Ireland as passenger falls ill
The Emirates plane diverted to Shannon having declared a medical emergency.

An Emirates aircraft on route from Dubai to the US city of Boston made an emergency diversion to Shannon Airport, Ireland on Tuesday after a passenger became unwell.

Local media quoted a spokesperson for the airport as saying that the plane landed at 1.36pm (UK time) on Tuesday afternoon.

It was diverted to Shannon having declared a medical emergency and landed safely.

The ill passenger was treated at the airport by paramedics before being transferred by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick. No details were given about the condition of the passenger.

The plane later continued on its journey, departing Shannon at 3.19pm.

An Emirates spokesperson said: “Emirates flight EK237 from Dubai to Boston on 23 October was diverted to Shannon, Ireland, due to a passenger medical emergency. Upon arrival in Shannon, the passenger was met by local medical staff.

"The aircraft continued its journey to Boston with a two and a half hour delay. Emirates apologises for the inconvenience. The health and safety of our crew and passengers is of paramount importance.”

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