Flights: Cabin crew and pilots hospitalised – ‘they smelled an odour on the plane’ – Express - http://travelporn.info | luxury travel sitesJanuary 11, 2019 6:10 pm Categorised in: Travel News
Flights involve numerous dangers and the good health of the pilots and cabin crew is vital. However, yesterday, five members of crew on an American Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Florida, USA fell sick. They had complained of an odour just before landing and had to be hospitalised upon landing. According to NBC Miami, the two pilots and three flight attendants had been “overcome with fumes” on the Airbus A320.
However, Flight 1897 managed to land successfully at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Thursday, officials said.
The five affected crew members were taken to Broward Health Medical Center, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials.
“I heard one of the security guys walk by, and he’s like, ‘I need four wheelchairs. We need one ASAP,” passenger Andrew O’Donnell told ABC 10.
“They just sort of wheeled everybody off and they said they smelled an odour on the plane.
“And when that happened, they said that they obviously weren’t going to let anybody else on.”
There were 137 passengers on board but none required medical attention following the incident.
Fire trucks and ambulances were seen arriving at one of the terminals at Fort Lauderdale airport.
Florida television station WSVN reported the airline said the odour was the result of an issue with the plane’s air conditioning unit.
American Airlines has issued a statement, saying: “American Airlines flight 1897, from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale, landed today around 11am. Shortly before landing, crew members complained of an odour on board.
“The aircraft, an Airbus 320 with 137 passengers and a crew of five, landed safely and taxied to the gate. Two pilots and three flight attendants asked to be taken to the hospital as a precaution.
“No passengers requested medical attention. The aircraft is being evaluated by our maintenance team.”
Express.co.uk has contacted American Airlines for further comment on the incident.
A pilot for a UK airline has revealed to Express.co.uk what really happens if a pilot gets sick during the journey.
All pilots are trained to handle a ‘pilot incapacitation event’ where the other pilot is unable to continue their duties in-flight,” the pilot, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
“We will then fly the aircraft ourselves and divert to the nearest and most suitable airport.”
If the plane is very close to its destination, the pilot may decide it’s best to continue as planned, the pilot added.
The decision will be made according to the circumstances and what is the safest course of action.
A medical kit is on board the plane as well as a defibrillator that flight attendants are trained to use.
There is also a direct radio telephone line to a live doctor who is on duty 24 hours a day should outside help be needed.