Disorderly passenger forces North America flight to be diverted

Shannon airport is abuzz as US military aircraft and Super Jumbo breaks records for west of Ireland hub.

An Air Transat flight, from Paris to Montreal, Canada, was forced to land at Shannon Airport on Monday, due to the actions of an “unruly” passenger on board.

The man in his 50s is due to appear in court on Tuesday in connection to the incident. The Transat flight (TSC-711) was diverted an hour in to its journey after the captain reported that a passenger, who had been drinking, was being abusive. The captain requested permission to divert to Shannon.

The plane was greeted on the runway by airport police. The offending passenger was detained at Shannon police station. The flight continued its journey following his removal.

Also on Monday, a US Air Force (USAF) Military Airlift Command KC-135 air-to-air refueller was forced to land at Shannon airport when the crew declared an emergency, the Irish Independent reported. The refueller, en route from the US to Mildenhall air force base in England, landed in the west of Ireland after the pilot reported problems with one of the engines and control issues.

The 11 crew were greeted on the runway by the local authority fire brigade from Shannon and Ennis along with Health Service Executive ambulances. The Irish Coast Guard and Royal National Lifeboat Institution were also on standby.

The plane touched down safely at 12.32pm.

This weekend something much larger also touched down on Shannon’s runway. Sunday saw a new record for Irish aviation as the largest number of people landed on Irish soil, at one time.

The Air France Airbus A380 Super Jumbo carries over 850 passengers. On Sunday the flight from Los Angeles to Paris, France requested permission to divert to Shannon due to a medical emergency.

Emergency personnel were standing by and a female passenger was taken to University Hospital Limerick.