News Plane incidents — 05 October 2017

A transatlantic jet has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport.

American Airlines flight AA-62 was travelling from Miami in the US to Paris when the crew declared an emergency and requested permission to divert to the mid-west airport.

The crew of the Boeing 777-200 jet told air traffic controllers they had received a warning in the cockpit of a possible fire in the cargo hold.

The airline later said: “It appears it was a sensor error. The fire brigade confirmed there was no fire in the cargo hold.”

The flight landed safely at 7.10am and passengers exited via mobile steps short of the terminal building and were escorted inside.

Fire crews from Shannon town and a number of ambulances attended the scene to provide support to the airport’s own fire and rescue service.

Some flights were placed in holding patterns for a short time to allow the emergency aircraft priority landing.

A spokesperson for Shannon Airport confirmed passengers have been transferred to the airport terminal building awaiting further instructions from the airline.

A replacement aircraft has been flown in from London to take the passengers on to Paris. There were 207 passengers and 14 crew.

A spokesperson for the airline said: “Once the aircraft is fixed, it will ferry to Chicago in the morning.”

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