A United flight from Baltimore diverted to Washington Dulles after passengers and crew became sickened by noxious fumes
The smell of fumes was present when boarding only worsened as the flight took off. Passengers complained of nausea, headaches, chest pain, and inhibited breathing.
United 1675, operated by a 737-800, was bound for San Francisco but only made it 45 miles over Southern Maryland and the District of Columbia to Dulles Airport in northern Virginia.
Fire trucks and paramedics met the flight. Seven passengers were taken to a hospital and carefully examined. All but one has now been released.
One Twitter user, BarredinDC live-tweeted about the incident:
Did not expect to be in a hospital this morning. Faint fuel smell was on the plane before we departed and was quite strong while in the air. Tons of firetrucks, about 20 people complaining of nausea, chest pains, headaches, anxiety attacks and / or trouble breathing
This morning did not expect to be in a hospital. @united flight 1375 from BWI to SFO was diverted (above Cumberland, MD) back to IAD. Faint fuel smell was on the plane before we departed and was quite strong while in the air. Tons of firetrucks, about 20 people complaining of nausea, pic.twitter.com/lDrl7HaMfO
– Barred in DC (@barredindc) March 29, 2019
In an e-mail statement, United said:
United 1675 from Baltimore-Washington to San Francisco diverted to Washington Dulles because of a strong odor in the cabin. The aircraft landed safely and taxied to a gate. Customers were immediately deplaned 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 San Francisco but was later canceled. Passengers were re-accommodated on other flights to their final destination.
Encountering a gas chamber on an airplane is a horrific nightmare.
image: BarredinDC / Twitter
Image: BarredinDC / Twitter