Medical emergency on Aer Lingus flight to New York forces plane to return to Ireland

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An Aer Lingus flight to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York was forced to return to Shannon Airport after a medical emergency on board this afternoon.

Flight EI111 departed Shannon Airport shortly after 12pm today.

The passenger became ill mid-flight.

The passenger is currently being treated by HSE staff and is expected to be transferred to University Hospital Limerick.

Shannon Airport has issued the following statement:

"Shannon Airport confirmed that an Aer Lingus flight (EI111) which departed Shannon Airport en route to New York JFK at 12.08pm today returned to  Shannon with a medical emergency when a passenger became ill.

"The plane landed safely at 14.10pm. The individual is currently being treated by HSE personnel and is expected subsequently to be taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick."

Aer Lingus has been contacted to see if any other flights are expected to be delayed as a result.