Chemical spill on plane ‘leaves crew unconscious and others with burning eyes’

A flight from London to Philadelphia was forced to land in Dublin after a chemical spill which caused a "sickness outbreak" in midair.

Two crew members and five passengers were taken to hospital.

The American Airlines flight AA729 from London Heathrow turned around after passing the south west of Ireland.

Those onboard were met by medical crews, the airline told Mirror Online.

Passenger Katie Phillips posted on Twitter: "Ok, so this hasn’t quite gone to plan. Chemical spillage has led to sickness outbreak and an emergency landing in Dublin."

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Another passenger told Mirror Online that take off was delayed by an hour because of the spill.

The flier, who asked not to be named, said:  "They delayed take off to investigate a smell and be cautious. We were in tarmac for an hour and then an hour into flight.

"The captain announced that we needed to turn around and head back to London due to an issue with smell affecting flight crew.

"The captain was very reassuring in stressing this was unusual and very precautionary. We turned around and then they said that we would land in Dublin.

"They warned that paramedics etc would be coming int he plane. They asked us not to take pictures but fire teams arrived and we are now in terminal."

He said he understood that it was ammonia that was spilled.

A statement from the airline said: "American Airlines flight 729 from London Heathrow to Philadelphia diverted to Dublin due to an odor caused by a spilled cleaning solution in the galley.

"The flight landed safely in Dublin at 1.15pm local time, and taxied to the gate.

"Medical personnel have met the aircraft to evaluate any crew members or passengers who may need additional assistance."


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