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Mystery Illness Causes Another Emergency Landing for American Airlines

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | January 29, 2016

Mystery Illness Causes Another Emergency Landing for American Airlines

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An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Brazil on Thursday when several passengers and crew members became ill. This was the second incident with similar circumstances in the last two days for the airline.

According to, American Airlines Flight 904 was en route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Miami when four people onboard—three flight attendants and one passenger—began to complain about lightheadedness and other symptoms eerily similar to the previous incident.

The plane was able to safely land at Brasilia International Airport at 12:37 a.m. local time, and it was met by medical and emergency crews. Upon evaluation of the affected passenger and crew members, none were in need of further medical attention.

American Airlines released a statement, saying, “Our maintenance team is currently inspecting the aircraft and performing a thorough maintenance check.”

In an email to the, a passenger onboard the flight wrote, “We are currently still in Brasilia where we made an emergency landing because crew members and passengers passed out and became unwell. It sounds exactly like what happened on the other flight with us not being allowed off the plane for two hours. As you can imagine frustrating chaos followed and most people are stuck here for 48 hours. One of the crew said something about oven cleaner reacting badly.”

Thursday’s emergency landing comes on the heels of a similar incident that took place Wednesday during a flight from London’s Heathrow Airport to Los Angeles International Airport.

During Wednesday’s diverted flight, passengers and crew members also fell ill, with some even reportedly passing out. Once the plane landed, though, none were in need of any additional medical assistance.


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