AN emergency onboard an American Airlines New York to London flight forced a diverted landing at Shannon Airport this Wednesday morning.
The scheduled flight left JFK airport just after 11pm on Tuesday night but midway through an alert was sent out after an indicator light went off in the cockpit.
The Boeing 777-200 was bound for London Heathrow to arrive at 10.30am on Wednesday morning but the flight was diverted to Shannon Airport after air traffic control was notified of the emergency before 8am.
Life boat stations at Aran Island, Fenit and Kilrush were put on alert with emergency services at the ready at Shannon Airport.
Flight AA 104 safely landed at 8.47am in Shannon and was met with emergency crews who dealt with and assessed the situation.
Passengers were accommodated with an onward flight to London later on Wednesday.
The incident is under investigation by the airline.
“American Airlines flight 104 from New York (JFK) to London (LHR), diverted to Shannon (SNN) after an indicator light in the cockpit indicated a possible mechanical issue. The flight landed safely in SNN, and taxied to the gate. Our maintenance crew evaluated the aircraft and the flight has since departed SNN and is en route to LHR. We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans, and we are sorry for the inconvenience this caused.”