American Airlines flight forced to land at Miami airport after 'chemical odor' makes passengers sick
MIAMI, FLORIDA: An American Airlines flight was forced to land in Miami International Airport due to a passenger's carry-on luggage emitting an unsettling "chemical odor". According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, there was an emergency that required the plane to land.
The "issue" on board the aircraft heading to Barbados prompted Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units to be sent to the airport just before 9 pm local time. An American Airlines spokeswoman informed The New York Post that the flight "returned to MIA this evening due to a chemical odor in the cabin caused by the contents of a customer's carry-on luggage." The contents of the bag have not been revealed.
"The aircraft landed safely and without incident, and customers deplaned normally," the statement concluded. "All customers were offered hotel accommodations and the flight is now scheduled to redepart tomorrow at 9 a.m." The number of passengers aboard the aircraft was not confirmed by the airline.
American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Miami International Airport https://t.co/nf4f0gLpeh— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) October 13, 2022
After landing, American Airlines Flight 338 was moved to the penalty box - a spot where aircrafts can park securely without blocking taxiways. The passengers were told to exit the aircraft immediately after. According to CBS, some passengers reportedly felt nauseous as a result of the odor and needed to be taken to the hospital. The airline chose not to address this.
On September 2022, a United Airlines plane going to Sao Paolo, Brazil, had to make a nighttime emergency landing in Newark after circling over the Atlantic to burn fuel. The website's video footage shows sparks flying as the 256-passenger aircraft gains altitude. The Boeing 777-200 spewed the sparks “shortly after getting airborne on runway 22L at Newark-Intl AP (KEWR)” on its way to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
On another related news, an exceptional emergency response was initiated at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina in response to an "unusual smell" on an American Airlines flight, Flight 563, on Sept. 2022. Five fire trucks were dispatched by the Charlotte Fire Department to investigate the fumes, but when the firefighter crews arrived, they discovered that the smell was coming from nothing but a shattered bottle of nail polish. "The smell was from the broken bottle of polish. No one was injured, and the plane is back in service."