"The aircraft landed safely at 4.22am and was met by emergency services and airport staff. A passenger was transferred to University Hospital Limerick (UHL). The aircraft departed Shannon shortly before 6.00am,” they added.
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It’s understood the passenger had died by the time the ambulance reached UHL.
The deceased man has been named by media outlets in Suriname as Rudi Dwarkasing. Mr Dwarkasing was aged in his 50s and worked as a psychiatrist. He was the director of the Suriname Psychiatric Centre, which specialises in the care of older people.
It’s been reported that Mr Dwarkasing died from a suspected heart attack, and that he was travelling with family members at the time of incident.
A spokesperson for Shannon Airport said this is the second KLM aircraft to have diverted to Shannon with a medical emergency since the New Year.