US flight forced to land after ‘strange odour’

Crew members and passengers of a US Airways flight were forced to land after falling ill following a 'strange odour' that wafted through the plane. Picture: AP

Crew members and passengers of a US Airways flight were forced to land after falling ill following a 'strange odour' that wafted through the plane. Picture: AP

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A US Airways flight bound for Philadelphia made an unscheduled landing in Rome after crew members and passengers began vomiting following a “strange odour”.

Officials at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport said two passengers and 14 crew members were examined at the airport’s first aid station for throat and eye irritation complaints on Saturday.

According to US news site Gawker, three crew members were taken to hospital in an ambulance once they landed.

All were cleared to resume their journey and left on other flights, said the officials.

Martha Thomas, a spokeswoman for American Airlines, said it is investigating the source of a rubbery odour aboard the Airbus A330.

American Airlines and US Airways merged last year. She said several flight attendants had detected an unusual odour.

Flight 797 had left Tel Aviv late Friday night with 129 passengers.

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