An American Airlines flight traveling from London Heathrow to Philadelphia on Monday, was forced to land in Dublin, Ireland when a fluid spilled on board causing staff to lose consciousness, according to news reports.
Several passengers reported to be suffering from “burning eyes” and “skin problems,” while two crew members were left unconscious from the chemical fumes, a crew member told air traffic control.
Audio from the plane’s cockpit radio documents one of the plane’s pilots telling Irish air traffic controllers that two crew members had been rendered unconscious.
“We require paramedics to come on board the airplane and render immediate assistance,”
“We’ve had two of our flight crew staff made, excuse me, the cabin staff have actually lost consciousness, but I think they’re back to a state of consciousness just now and there are general complaints about burning eyes and skin problems.”
“We’ve actually covered the container of the substance. It was a cleaning product that was used at London Heathrow, if you wait a moment I actually have a picture of the container that I have in a plastic bag.
“It was spilled and for some reason the container itself was left behind in the aircraft in one of the lavatories and continued to seep into the carpeting and produce what I’m told is not, it is not a toxic substance.”
A statement from American Airlines said the plane “landed safely in Dublin” and that “medical personnel have met the aircraft to evaluate any crew members or passengers who may need additional assistance.”
Two crew members and five passengers were taken to hospital for evaluation.