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12 treated after a strange smell forces a flight of Alaska Airlines to turn away from Minnesota



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By Dennis Romero

An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle from Seattle was diverted to Minneapolis-St. Paul's international airport was detected Wednesday night after a strange smell was detected and a dozen people on board reported breathing problems, officials said.

The source of odor on the Boeing 737-900, which had 144 people on board, was not determined.

Four crew members were hospitalized and six more were examined after 19:17. landing, the airline said in a statement.

Two passengers were also assessed at the airport, said Alaska Airline.

An airport spokesman, Patrick Hogan, said by email that patients had complained of "breathing problems". Paramedics responded to the scene, he said.

"The cause of the odor is being investigated and the aircraft has been withdrawn from service pending an inspection," Alaska Airlines said in its statement.

The passengers were offered a different flight for Seattle.


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