A transatlantic British Airways flight was forced to divert to Shannon Airport last night after a smell of smoke was detected on board.

British Airways flight 297 from London to Chicago was about an hour into its Atlantic crossing when it was forced to turn back after the pilot reported a smell of smoke in the passenger cabin.

It landed at Shannon around 8.15pm with units of the fire brigade and ambulance service from Shannon, Limerick and Ennis mobilised as a precaution.

The plane resumed its journey shortly after 2.15am after engineers carried out an inspection.