"The aircraft landed without incident," Fitzpatrick
said. "At no time were the safety of the passengers or
crew in question."
The Irish Independent reported that
the co-pilot of Flight 848 was forcibly taken off the
Boeing 767 airplane by fellow crew members and a
passenger who is a member of the Canadian Forces.
The newspaper, quoting officials at Shannon
International Airport, said the co-pilot was admitted to
the psychiatric unit of the Ennis General Hospital in
nearby County Clare.
Air Canada confirmed the co-pilot is in hospital, but
would not comment on what type of treatment he is
receiving or when he might be released.
Passengers taken to hotels
Air Canada said the 146 passengers on board were
allowed to disembark shortly after the incident.
Patrick Flynn, a freelance journalist in Shannon,
said passengers were taken to local hotels after the
plane landed. A second Air Canada plane arrived at
Shannon airport from London's Heathrow Airport less than
five hours later with a replacement crew, said Flynn.
Shannon Airport Authority spokesperson Eugene Pratt
said the flight arrived in London about eight hours
later than scheduled.
"An Air Canada crew flew in here yesterday and took
the aircraft on to London to complete the trip," he
Transport Canada will conduct interviews
Pratt, who called the incident "irregular," said
about a dozen flights end up diverted to Shannon each
year because of technical, mechanical or health
He said it wasn't an emergency landing, but
paramedics and a doctor were called to the airport to
meet the plane when it landed and assess the co-pilot.
Transport Canada will be interviewing the flight crew
and the airline, spokeswoman Lucie Vignola said Tuesday,
noting that it appears proper procedures were followed.
She said commercial pilots must undergo medical
checkups every six months under the requirements of