A United flight from Baltimore diverted to Washington Dulles after passengers and crew fell ill from harmful vapors.
The smell of smoke was present at boarding was enhanced when the flight took off. Passengers complained of nausea, headache, chest pain and inhibited breathing.
United 1675, run by a 737-800, was tied to San Francisco but made it only 45 miles across southern Maryland and the District of Columbia to Dulles North Virginia Airport.
Fire trucks and paramedics met the flight. Seven passengers were taken to a hospital and carefully examined. Everyone except one has now been released. United voluntarily voluntarily cover hospitals or related healthcare costs.
A Twitter user, BarredinDC lived tweeted about the incident:
Didn’t expect to be in a hospital this morning. Weak fuel smell was on the plane before we left and was quite strong in the air. Lots of fire engines, about 20 people complaining of nausea, chest pain, headaches, anxiety attacks and / or breathing difficulties.
In an email statement , United said:
United 1675 from Baltimore-Washington to San Francisco diverted to Washington Dulles because a strong smell in the cabin. The aircraft landed safely and was taxed to a gate. Customers were immediately planned and evaluated by medical staff. Several customers were transported to local hospitals. Customers will be rebooked on flights to San Francisco from Washington-Dulles.
Flight 1675 was originally re-scheduled to continue on to San Francisco but was later canceled. Passengers resumed on other flights to their final destination.
Meeting a gas chamber on board is an aircraft that is a horrible nightmare. I am grateful that the plane could land quickly and all passengers seem okay.
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