An Alaska Airlines flight was diverted from its target on Wednesday night after its crew smelled a mysterious smell in the cabin. The passengers reportedly had breathing difficulties and four crew members were taken to hospital for further medical examination. This is the second time this week that an Alaska Airlines flight landed after the crew sensed an unfamiliar odor.
According to local Minneapolis outlet KARE 11, the flight traveled from Seattle to Chicago as the smell passed through the cabin. As a precaution, the Boeing 737-900 was moved to Minneapolis-St. Diverted. Paul Airport.
KARE 11 spoke with some of the passengers and said they all described a similar "sweet, burning smell". Some passengers began to feel drowsy, feeling bad, and having trouble breathing. The airline said six crew members and two passengers at the airport were medically examined and four of the crew were hospitalized. Patrick Hogan, a spokesman for the airport, told several stores that the patients had reported "difficulty breathing".
Alaska Airlines did not respond immediately to a request sent by Gizmodo for comment, but the airline told KARE 11 they were still investigating the cause of the smell and the aircraft was withdrawn from service.
A remarkably similar incident occurred on Tuesday when an Alaska Airlines flight had to return from Seattle to Orange County after the crew reported an unusual smell in the cabin. In this case, Ano passengers reported symptoms, but the pilots and flight attendants were taken to a hospital for further investigation.
We will update this post if we receive further information. Here is the full statement Alaska Airlines has shared with KARE 11:
Alaska Airlines Flight 51 left Chicago O'Hare at 17:48 for Seattle. Local time. During the flight, the crew reported a cabin odor. As a precautionary measure, the aircraft was diverted to Minneapolis-St Paul International at 7:17. Local time.
Six crew members received a medical evaluation at the airport and four were taken to the hospital for further evaluation. Two passengers were also assessed at the airport. The cause of the odor is examined and the aircraft was taken out of service for inspection.
The flight [w] as canceled and passengers are re-booked on another flight to Seattle.