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United Airlines flight diverted because of a ‘strong smell’ in the cabin; 7 passengers taken to hospitals

The flight is scheduled to fly from Baltimore-Washington to San Francisco International Airport, the unscheduled stop at Washington Dulles International Airport on Friday morning.
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Several passengers on a United Airlines flight on route to San Francisco were transported to D. C.-area hospitals, on Friday morning after the plane was forced to divert to Washington Dulles International Airport.

United flight 1675, who was taken from Baltimore-Washington (BWI), allegedly diverted to Dulles by a “strong smell” in the cabin, the airline confirmed in a statement to Fox News.

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“The aircraft landed safely and taxied to the gate. Customers were immediately deplaned and evaluated by medical personnel. Several customers were transported to a local hospital,” the carrier said.

A representative for Dulles airport also confirmed that the plane, a Boeing 737, was met by the airport fire and rescue team, and has confirmed that a total of seven passengers were taken to local hospitals for further evaluation.”

One of the passengers, a local DC blogger, described the smell as a “slight smell of fuel” that only became stronger after the plane took off from BWI.

The passenger also wrote on Twitter that a number of the passengers were complaining about problems with breathing, nausea, headaches and even pain in the chest due to the stench. The user’s wife, was also transported to the hospital with acute symptoms, the passenger claims. This person, also said on Twitter that United had already told that the airline would cover their medical costs.

Dulles confirmed the incident has no impact on the airport, other activities, and United has said that it is currently reaccommodating the passengers.

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“Customers will be rebooked on flights to San Francisco from Washington-Dulles airport,” the airline said.

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