A Spirit Airlines flight from New York to Fort Lauderdale was diverted to South Carolina because of a noxious smell that at least one passenger likened to "Dirty socks."
The incident happened Thursday evening on Spirit Airlines Flight 779, which departed New York at LaGuardia at 8:25 pm ET. It diverted to Myrtle Beach around 10 p.m.
Passenger Steven Costello tells.
The 228 passengers on the Airbus A321 aircraft responded in Myrtle Beach and responded to the crew's emergency response, NBC New York reports.
Passenger Steven Costello tells
"Real bad, we did not even know what really happened," Costello adds to the station.
The smell was severe enough that Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue's Hazmat team responded to inspect the plane.
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Lt. Jonathan Evans, spokesman for Myrtle Beach's Fire Rescue, tells WBTW-TV of Myrtle Beach as many as 10 passengers complained of medical issues and that were at a local hospital.
In its report, NBC New York says:  19659015] CBS Miami talked to another passenger who said the smell was more like smoke.
The source of the smell has not been confirmed, though a Bloomberg smells in the past have been linked to "engine oil vapors." ( Bloomberg News : Airline workers warn of dangerous fumes onboard)
For the Spirit incident, emergency crews gave an all-clear after investigating the plane.
"After specific monitoring and hazmat crews entering into the fuselage no substances were found, "Myrtle Beach Fire Department Lt. Christian Sliker said to NBC New York. "The plane is all clear."
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Spirit Airlines acknowledged the incident, telling USA TODAY's Today in the Sky blog
"Spirit of a replacement." plan to complete the journey for Flight 779 passengers. That aircraft departed Myrtle Beach around 3:30 a.m. ET on Friday morning before landing at Fort Lauderdale around 5 a.m. ET.
"We apologize for the inconvenience this diversion has caused," Spirit said. Autoplay
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