Last updated: 11:15 AM ET, Mon July 11 2016

Delta Air Lines Passengers Sick from Carbon Monoxide Force Emergency Landing

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 11, 2016

Delta Air Lines Passengers Sick from Carbon Monoxide Force Emergency Landing

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On Saturday, emergency personnel announced that some of the passengers who became sick during a Delta Air Lines flight and forced an emergency landing in Oklahoma were found to have elevated levels of carbon monoxide in their bodies.

According to, Delta Air Lines Flight 1817 was en route from Atlanta to Denver on Saturday when several passengers began reporting to attendants that they felt ill. The pilot of the plane decided to call for an emergency landing in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Officials from the Emergency Medical Services Authority in Tulsa initially reported that 100 passengers were assessed, but only nine reported having similar symptoms. Later in the day, fire department spokesman Stan May said the number of people complaining of symptoms had risen to 12, and one person was taken to the hospital with an ailment not believed to be associated with carbon monoxide.

While the investigation into the increased carbon monoxide levels continues, the cause has not yet been determined. Once the passengers left the plane and received fresh air, though, their levels returned to normal.

For the remainder of the passengers on the flight, security rescreened them at about 8:30 p.m. local time in order to book them on another plane to Denver.

“The flight crew of Delta flight 1817 from Atlanta to Denver elected to divert to Tulsa when a few customers reported feeling ill,” Delta Air Lines said in a statement. “The safety and security of our customers is our top priority.”


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