The airline said that the aircraft was inspected to determine the cause of the smell.
A smelly situation on board an Alaska Airlines flight forced the plane to an uncheduled landing on Sunday — but the airline is not about to take the blame for the stench.
After a previous statement in which Alaska Airlines confirmed a “strong smell” was responsible for forcing a flight from San Francisco to New Orleans to divert to Los Angeles on Sunday, the company now says the smell was not caused by the planes themselves, but “something or someone in the cabin.”
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“After a maintenance inspection of the aircraft, it was determined that the odor was not caused by the aircraft,” a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines told KCRA. “The cause of the smell is believed to have originated from someone or something in the cabin. The plane is back in service.”
In a previous statement shared with Fox News, Alaska Airlines had simply said “strong odor was detected on board during the flight in the aft cabin.”
The plane landed safely at LAX around noon on Sunday, and the 136 passengers were reaccommodated on other flights, according to The San Francisco Gate.
Rescuers responded to the scene, although there are no hazardous substances on board.
At the time of the airline had also confirmed that the device “will be inspected by technicians to pinpoint the cause.”
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The Alaska Airlines flight, unscheduled stop follow the news of a Spirit Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing on July 26, after passengers detected a unusual smell that one compared to “dirty socks.” A hazmat team was called in to inspect the plane, and some passengers were treated on the scene for symptoms such as headache, nausea, and difficulty breathing.
Michelle Gant contributed to this report.