Chaos on-board flight 779

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 The flight, heading from LaGuardia to Fort Lauderdale, was diverted to Myrtle Beach International Airport for a potential hazmat situation after an unusual odour was detected “in a section of the aircraft,” the airline confirmed  Several of the 220 people aboard flight 779 had to be treated for symptoms ranging from headaches, nausea and difficulty breathing, local news site Myrtle Beach Online reports  “Reports are we have several occupants on a plane exposed to an unknown substance,” Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue members had said over the radio, according to NBC New York  “They have deplaned and are currently on the ramp. We have isolated and are attempting to get in contact with the airport fire ” The emergency crews responded to the scene when the plane landed, though they did not find any hazardous substances on the aircraft Some passengers described the smell as “dirty socks,” NBC New York reports. Passengers finally reached their destination around 4:45am Friday morning, arriving about five hours later than the original scheduled arrival time, after the airline sent a “supplemental aircraft,” according to Flight Aware  A spokesperson for Spirit said the source of the odour is being investigated. “We apologise for the inconvenience this diversion has caused At Spirit Airlines the safety of our guests and crew is paramount.”  This story originally appeared on Fox News and was republished with permission

 

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