An American Airlines flight scheduled to depart Boston for Charlotte, N.C., was forced to return to the gate on Monday following reports of an odd odor which ultimately sent a passenger and multiple crew members to the hospital.
The airline has determined that the aircraft had turned around due to a mechanical issue, according to the Associated Press reports, although it’s unclear how the issue was, if at all, related to the odor.
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In total, four people were transported from Boston’s Logan International Airport to nearby hospitals, including three members of the flight crew and one passenger. The Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the airport, has confirmed the news.
The rest of the passengers continued on to Charlotte on a different aircraft, and after a nearly four-hour delay, adds MassLive.com.
American has since confirmed that the plane was removed from service.
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This isn’t the first time an odor aboard an American Airlines flight has sent passengers or crew to the hospital. In July, at least three people were taken to a hospital after crew reported a mysterious odor on a flight from Houston to Miami. Later, in October, several crew members requested medical attention after reportedly smelling an odor on a flight that hadn’t yet left the gate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.