A Baltimore United flight was diverted to Washington Dulles after the passengers and crew were suffering from harmful fumes.
The smell of fumes was present at boarding and only worsened when the flight began. The passengers complained of nausea, headache, chest pain and inhibited breathing.
United 1675, operating from 737-800, had driven to San Francisco, but made only 45 miles across the south of Maryland and the District of Columbia to Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia.
Fire trucks and paramedics hit the flight. Seven passengers were taken to a hospital and carefully examined. All but one of them have now been released. United volunteered to cover any hospital and related medical expenses.
A Twitter user BarredinDC tweeted about the incident live:
Did not expect to be in a hospital this morning. A faint smell of gasoline was on our way out and was quite strong in the air. Tons of fire trucks complain about 20 people about nausea, chest pain, headaches, anxiety attacks and / or shortness of breath.
I did not expect to be in a hospital this morning. @united The 1375 flight from BWI to SFO was diverted (via Cumberland, MD) to IAD. A faint smell of gasoline was on our way out and was quite strong in the air. Tons of fire trucks complain about nausea, about 20 people, pic.twitter.com/lDrl7HaMfO
– Locked in DC (@barredindc) March 29, 2019
In an e-mail Statement, United said:
United 1675 from Baltimore-Washington to San Francisco was diverted to Washington Dulles because of a strong odor in the cabin. The plane landed safely and rolled to a gate. Customers were immediately declared and evaluated by medical staff. Several customers were transported to local hospitals. Customers are rebooked on flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco.
The flight 1675 was originally planned for the onward journey to San Francisco, but was later canceled. Passengers were taken to their final destination on other flights.
Encountering a gas chamber aboard a plane is a terrible nightmare. I am grateful that the plane landed quickly and all passengers appear in order.
Image: BarredinDC / Twitter