A dozen passengers and three flight attendants needed medical help on Friday after a can of pepper spray exploded in the cabin of a Hawaiian Airlines aircraft.
Sufferers were treated after landing the plane for respiratory problems Kahului, Hawaii, around 10:30 local time, said a spokesman for the airline.
The airline said a passenger had illegally added pepper spray on board the flight, which originated in Oakland, California, said the spokesman.
Airline officials said the incident was accidental.
Passengers in the forward cabin were forced to leave their seats for more than half an hour, Hawaii News Now reported, citing Hawaiian Airlines and passengers. A baby pukes, according to a passenger cited by the news agency.
<img src = "http://a57.foxnews.com/images.foxnews.com/content/fox-news/travel/2018/09/01/15-aboard-hawaii-flight-treated-after- pepper-spray-goes-off / _jcr_content / article-text / article-par-5 / inline_spotlight_ima / image.img.jpg / 612/344 / 1535781304182.jpg? ve = 1 & tl = 1 "alt =" This Friday, the August 31, 2018, a photo was taken of Nicholas Andrade, who was gathering in a back galley on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Oakland, California, Kahului, Hawaii, after a can of pepper spray went on the plane, causing twelve passengers and three flight attendants due to respiratory problems (2959009) Passengers and crew members gather in a backgale on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Oakland, California, to Kahului, Hawaii after a can of pepper spray exploded on the plane, 31 August, 2018.
"To clarify, I was in the affected department First Class and Premiere were affected, we were in Premiere First class was hit hardest It was a wild day," wrote a Twitter user.
"Worse, we had a crazy chemical in the front of the plane with 2.5 hours left," wrote another user. "Everyone around us starts to cough, burn eyes, etc. Captain has put everyone in the back for almost an hour. @HawaiianAir also had us in a 26 year old plane!"
The flight crew of the Boeing 767, which transported 256 passengers and 10 crew members, declared an emergency to reach a priority landing at the airport of Hawaii.
The Federal Aviation Administration could not confirm what substance was brought into the plane, but confirmed that pepper spray is allowed on checked baggage.
<img src = "http://a57.foxnews.com/images.foxnews.com/content/fox-news/travel/2018/09/01/15-aboard-hawaii-flight-treated-after- pepper-spray-goes-off / _jcr_content / article-text / article-par-9 / inline_spotlight_ima / image.img.jpg / 612/344 / 1535781382528.jpg? ve = 1 & tl = 1 "alt =" This Friday, 31 August 2018. Photo by Nicholas Andrade poses a fire truck in front of a Hawaiian Airlines jet in Kahului, Hawaii, after a can of pepper spray went into the plane during a flight from Oakland, California. Twelve passengers and three flight attendants were treated for respiratory diseases and emergency workers on the Kahului Airport on Maui Island. (19659009) A fire engine is seen in front of a Hawaiian Airlines jet in Kahului, Hawaii, after a can of pepper spray exploded on a plane during a flight from Oakland, California, on 31 August 2018.
The incident is being investigated by the Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Maui police. The person responsible for bringing the pepper spray on board may face fines of up to $ 13,000, Hawaii News Now reported.
No further details were given.
Earlier Flight Delayed After A Teenager Oakland sent a photo of a fake crime scene "with a child-friendly mannequin" to other passengers' cell phones, the East Bay Times reported.
The teenager and his family were booked for a later flight while officials were investigating.
Hawaiians The airlines said the two incidents were not connected and that the family's luggage had to be located and removed from the plane, causing a delay.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.