Delta Flight DL113, traveling from Rome (FCO), Italy, to Boston, declared an emergency over the Atlantic, south of Ireland, due to reported fumes from one of the aircraft’s galleys.
Delta Emergency Landing at Shannon
At approximately 11:20 am, about 230 kilometers south of Ireland, the crew declared a ‘Pan pan’ emergency, indicating urgency, though not as severe as a ‘Mayday.’
In response, Shannon Airport activated its emergency response, involving the airport’s fire and rescue service, National Ambulance Service, Clare County Fire and Rescue Service, and An Garda Síochána.
As the aircraft diverted to Shannon, the flight crew notified air traffic controllers of at least one passenger feeling unwell due to the fumes.
They announced an overweight landing, surpassing the maximum design weight for the model. The Airbus A330-900 jet safely touched down at 11:49 am, greeted by airport and local authority fire crews.
A comprehensive examination of the jet’s undercarriage confirmed that it had not overheated during the emergency landing. Prioritizing passenger safety, the crew promptly requested the evacuation of all 294 passengers and crew.
Mobile stairs were deployed, and with the assistance of fire service personnel and paramedics, passengers were safely guided off the plane.
Upon reaching the terminal, paramedics assessed passengers, including a young child, who expressed feeling unwell.
Fortunately, no one required hospitalization. Engineers are poised to investigate the origin of the fumes before determining the aircraft’s suitability to continue its journey.
This incident underscores the critical importance of swift emergency response measures and the crew’s unwavering commitment to passenger well-being in unexpected situations.
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