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Saturday 22 November 2014

Golfing star Sergio forced to land here in jet scare

Ryder Cup - Day One Foursomes...MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Sergio Garcia of Europe talks with Rory McIlroy on the 18th green during the Morning Foursome Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 28, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)...S
Sergio Garcia. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

GOLFING star Sergio Garcia was forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon after a mid-air emergency on his private jet.

Sergio, who is ranked 14th in the world, was flying to a tournament in the US when the pilot on his private jet declared an emergency over the Atlantic and diverted to Shannon.

The Hawker Beechcraft 4000 twin-engined jet was on its way from Cardiff in Wales to Charlotte in North Carolina where Garcia (33) is due to play in the Wells Fargo Championship in Quail Hollow on Thursday.

 

Concern

There were three people on board the jet, which was about 300km off the Irish coast when the crew contacted air traffic controllers at Shannon to declare an emergency. The pilot reported a "generator problem" and expressed concern that the jet might have to be towed clear of the runway after landing.

The Irish Coast Guard was informed, and search and rescue units were also placed on alert.

The jet touched down safely at 2.22pm at Shannon and was able to vacate the runway under its own power. It was directed to a remote parking area tailed by emergency vehicles.

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