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Engine issues sees plane forced to make return to Shannon Airport

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*The cargo plane preparing to land at Shannon Airport. Photograph: Barry Sutton /

Engine issues prompted the return of a cargo flight to Shannon Airport on Monday afternoon.

No emergency landing had to take place at Shannon Airport on Monday afternoon despite a US bound cargo jet having to make a return to Shannon almost two hours after departure.

An engine fault was reported by crew on board the cargo flight TK6551 which had perishables and two dogs on board and not livestock as had been reported.

In a statement to The Clare Echo, Shannon Airport confirmed the safe return of a Turkish Airlines cargo flight TK6551, a Boeing747/400 Freighter operated by ACT on behalf of Turkish Airlines.

The scheduled cargo flight was routing from Istanbul to Shannon and onward to Chicago. The flight departed Shannon at 13:00 today and returned to the airport, landing safely at 14:47.

Prior to the landing, fuel was dumped off in response to the engine fault.

“Shannon Airport fire service were on standby however, no emergency was declared, and their assistance was not required,” a spokesperson confirmed.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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