Published on Monday, October 21, 2019

Chemical spill forces American Airlines' flight to divert to Dublin

An American Airlines flight from Heathrow was forced to divert to Dublin after spilled cleaning fluid made crew members feel ill.

Two members of the crew and one passenger were taken to hospital following the incident.

Flight AA729 to Philadelphia had taken off from Heathrow after 11 am but it had only just passed Ireland when the odour in the cabin forced the pilot to turn back, according to the Evening Standard.

A spokesman for American Airlines told the London paper: "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.

"Two crew members and one customer were taken to the hospital for evaluation."

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