April 1st, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Jetliner makes emergency landing after passengers faint

An American Airlines 737 jetliner with 134 passengers aboard made an emergency landing in Dayton, Ohio, Friday morning after passengers became ill and at least two fainted, CNN affiliates in Dayton reported.

Shortly after American Flight 547 left Reagan National Airport in Washington bound for Chicago, two flight attendants reported feeling dizzy, WDTN reported, citing American spokesman Tim Smith. Pilots dropped oxygen masks in the cabin, but at least two and as many as four passengers fainted, according to the CNN affiliate reports.

Six passengers received medical treatment after getting off the plane in Dayton and two were taken to a hospital, WHIO reported. It said the remaining passengers were being held in a sterile room in the  Dayton airport.

The jet may have had depressurization problems, WHIO reported, citing an airline spokesperson.

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  1. prp

    AA is one of the worst maintained airline.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • EGN

      And your expertise on this subject is........

      April 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christian Soto

      I'm sure the airlines poor maintenance is what is requiring passengers be held in a sterile room. Sounds more like one of the passengers had a highly communicable airborne pathogen.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • HmmReally

      He read it on the interwebs, it must be true!

      April 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      The sterile room is probably just for safety precautions until they are sure of the reason. Depressurization sounds like the cause.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • amy

      They had the fish. And don't call me Shirley.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • terry malloy

      airborne pathogen that causes people to faint within the max. 1 hr duration of this flight? who are you to mock? you clearly have no idea what you are talking about either! haha what a joke

      April 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      These passengers got sick and some fainted because they did not pay the "Clean Oxygen Charge". They only paid to fly and for their bags to fly.AA is no longer giving away free oxygen on their flights.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • V for Virion

      a pathogen cannot communicate that quickly. A toxin, however, could. Small amounts of a variety of toxins could cause those symptoms.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schwhat?

      Your Mom.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephane

      Actually, I just took the same flight not too long ago (5 days actually) and had similar problems on the airplane. Now off the airplane,I have horrible flu-like symptoms as well as some other passengers who were on that flight.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Stephane: Probabyy not even the same plane. They switch around all the time.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      @EGN...Expertise? Would you need "expertise" to say that Alaska Airlines was crap for a good while too? (No press is good press when it comes to Alaska Airlines) Beyond that, I work in aviation maintenance management and we tend to study other operators' lessons learned. American Airlines was the subject of study a FEW times.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flight 547 passenger with cabbage and beans diet

      Hey, I just wanted to say sorry for making the other passengers of flight 547 sick. I can't help it... I love beans and cabbage. In all honesty, it wasn't that bad though. Those who passed out just made a big deal over nothing. Everyone farts... mine don't smell that bad.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • john kesrouan

      Somebody passed some really Grody gas and that's what made people sick. If it was in the air circulation system everyone would have gotten sick.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ariel

      Having used its services I tend to agree.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted_Striker

      I flew single engine fighters in the Air Force, but this plane has four engines. It's an entirely different kind of flying – altogether.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      First, a sterile room is a security term, not a medical one. It means that it is inside of the controlled area, past security. Hence, it's a sterile area, free of possible weapons and such. From the TSA checkpoint on is considered sterile.
      Second, the local media is reporting and updating the story, unlike CNN, as usual.
      It was a depressurization incident. Two passengers didn't get their masks on in time and lost consciousness. One had an asthma attack.
      You only get about 10 seconds to get a mask on when the aircraft depressurizes. After that, you're unconscious.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill davis

      I am AA Gold, mater of fact I am lifetime Gold, over 1 million miles, AA is the best, and I have flown most of them.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff G

      The airlines are charging for Air and pressurized air, there was some confussion when these 6 passengers purchased their tickets!

      April 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh

      somebody is getting some free travel vouchers,, WOOO HOOO!!!!

      April 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rickenbacker

      When I was a boy we didn't have pressurized cabins.. We have goggles to cover our eyes, and bugs would clog our teeth during infight snacks.. and we liked it...

      NOooooooo WE LOVED IT!@!! dang nab it

      April 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rotwang

      There was a passenger on the 10 am Thursday flight from Reagan to DFW who became ill and required medical attention. The crew was based in DC. I wonder if it was the same plane.....

      April 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Rumack

      How soon can we land? I can't tell. You can tell me, i'm a doctor.

      April 1, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Local news stated that two passengers had asthma attacks, four didn't get their masks on in time and lost consciousness.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tino

    I'm glad no one was killed. Hey CNN, in Texas news, the drug Cartel plans to shoot Federal Border Patrol Agents across the river from Mexico. How sick is that, Brad Lendon? I hope its all talk.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      That is ancient news. They've been shooting at agents from across the border for years anyway.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jj

      What I heard was that they were going to start shooting at customs agents as well as border patrol, which is breaking news.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Jackson

      Maybe the ATF can give them more guns, that should solve the problem!

      April 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rickenbacker

      When I was a boy we didn't have airlines.. we had hot air balloons and we would have to land wherever the wind would carry us.. none of this fancy schamcy gizmos

      April 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hurst

    AA started going down the tube when they stopped serving its passengers the free snacks.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil, Ohio

      Bring you own peanuts, on purpose!

      April 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karla

      We just flew AA last week, terrible service(next to none) and staff are crabby crabby crabby! $8 for a tube of chips!! What?!

      April 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elaine Dicknson

      There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

      April 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rickenbacker

      no more cutie flight attendants either.. meh

      April 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tino

    Guess its been a secret because FOX and CNN don't have much if any news on that.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • TampaMike

      Fox? Never heard of it.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aubrie

      @TampaMike LMAO!! Funny.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • GH

      Yeah just those puny things like UN workers being slaughtered, the economy, 3 wars... how rediculous to miss a couple ppl getting sick on a plane.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rickenbacker

      Tino because REAL MEN don't give a damn about this

      April 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    You want air?

    $25 service charge.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Perfect joke for the situation, not in bad taste, not vulgar- you win!

      April 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • WookaWooka

      Thanks, Dave, for critiqueing the joke for us. It's ok everybody... you can laugh at this one. Dave says it's "ok"

      April 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Good one!

      April 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • idrod

      Thanks @WookaWooka, LMFAO

      April 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • teafor2

      Bullets through the fuselage are only $5 though.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      Lmao Funniest comment I've read so far!

      April 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rickenbacker

      that's what she said

      April 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      Who knows? This joke might come close to reality in the near future.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. buddha

    you don't exist.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio

      I Think, therefore I am.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tino

    GOT AIR

    April 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TJ

    radiation sickness?

    April 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    hmmm, four passengers fainted AFTER oxygen was made available? Guess AA needs to refill those O2 bottles.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Once you lose pressurization at 28000 feet, you have 10 seconds of useful consciousness to get that mask on. Not a lot of time, to put it mildly.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheOtherMike

      They don't use O2 bottles. The masks are attached to O2 generators. They use a chemical reaction to produce O2. Remember the Value Jet crash in the 90s? That was due to O2 generators that were shipped improperly, and they caused a cargo bay fire. The reaction is very exothermic, and generates tons of heat.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Todd

    April Fools?

    April 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeSimi

      Now that was funny!!!

      April 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. scotism

    Better check that plane for bullet holes.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ric

    I fly AA quite a bit and find that they are as good as just about anybody else..to Europe a little under Air France for food and wine but local flights from BNA to Regean or JFK are fine. If I had to complain about AA it would be the flight from BNA to Honululu which is pretty long for only meals to purchase in the cheap seats...but hey...AA is AOK with me..I think some people just like to complain and pile on

    April 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe D'

      ric- based on the International flights you refer to ALL airlines have good service. Try the flights you have to take to get from Nashville to Dayton.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ChiefJusticeServer

    I'd get sick too if I had to be near Ohio, especially Dayton.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      I hear that! You get +5 internets.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Enco

    TampaMike, now that's a good blogger

    April 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Enco

    Looks like we need raven's boyfriend to do that pre-trip check.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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