Thursday, March 09, 2017

Jet diverts to Shannon with suspected fuel leak

A transatlantic jet has made an emergency diversion to Shannon Airport this afternoon after the crew reported a suspected fuel leak on board.

Jet Airways flight JAI-234 was en route from Delhi to Toronto via Amsterdam when the crew reported the possible problem shortly before 1.00pm. There were 320 passengers and crew on board.

The Boeing 777-300 jet was about 250 kilometres west of Mayo when the crew decided to divert to Shannon. After reporting that the leak appeared to be on the left side of the jet, the pilot shut down the engine on that side.

Airport emergency services were put on standby for the jet which landed safely at 1.52pm.

The aircraft was accompanied to the terminal building by fire crews who then carried out an external inspection of the jet to see if there was any evidence of a fuel leak.

The airline says it’s working to see the flight continue to Toronto.

An airline spokeswoman said: “Jet Airways flight 9W 234 from Amsterdam to Toronto diverted and landed safely at Shannon, Ireland. The diversion was initiated as a precaution by the crew due to a suspected technical reason.”

The flight continued its journey at 6.45pm.
08/03/17 Pat Flynn/Clare Herald