An Alaska Airlines flight was hijacked from its destination on Wednesday night after its crew reported feeling a mysterious smell in the cabin. Passengers would have trouble breathing and four crew members were taken to the hospital for a thorough medical examination. This is the second time this week that an Alaska Airlines flight has been stalled after the crew noticed an unknown odor.
According to the Minneapolis KARE 11 store, the flight would be from Seattle to Chicago when the smell began to enter the cabin. As a precaution, the Boeing 737-900 was diverted to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
KARE 11 was talking to some passengers and told them that they had all described a "sweet and scorching smell". Some passengers would have started to feel dizzy, nauseous and have difficulty breathing. The airline said six crew members and two passengers had undergone a medical examination at the airport and that four of them had been hospitalized. Patrick Hogan, an airport spokesman, told several outlets that patients had reported "breathing problems".
Alaska Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent by Gizmodo, but the airline told KARE 11 that it was still investigating the source of the odor and that it was not safe. plane had been removed from service.
A remarkably similar incident occurred on Tuesday when an Alaska Airlines flight connecting Seattle to Orange County had to turn around after the crew reported a strange smell in the cabin. In this case, Ano passengers reported symptoms, but pilots and flight attendants were taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
We will update this message when we receive more information. Here is the full statement that Alaska Airlines has sent to KARE 11:
[KARE 11, NBC News]
Alaska Airlines flight 51 departed Chicago O'Hare for Seattle at 5:48 pm. local hour. During the flight, the crew reported a cabin odor. As a precaution, the aircraft was diverted at 7:17 pm on the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Landing. local hour.
Six crew members received a medical assessment at the airport and four were transported to the hospital for further evaluation. Two passengers were also assessed at the airport. The cause of the odor is the subject of investigation and the aircraft was removed from service pending an inspection.
The flight [w]as canceled and the passengers will be rebooked on a different flight to Seattle.