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. conradshull

    Pilot to Co-Pilot: "Jeeze, a couple little barrel rolls and they get all fainty."

    April 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • HighasaKite


      April 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Granite Sentry

    Group hysteria, nothing more.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. patrick

    the oxygen cylinders in the psu's of a 737 are not refillable. They provide oygen by a chemical reaction that takes place inside the bottle once the pin is pulled. I'd be interested in finding out when the jet had its last pressurization and leak check and what kind of maintenance deferrals the jet was allowed to fly with.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kevin

    hmmm... how about a flash mob on an airplane? all of a sudden everyone passes out and 10 minutes before landing everyone sits up normally as if nothing happened. surprise!

    April 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MamaKat

      A Flash Mob on an airplane would be awesome. It's so tense when flying nowadays. It would be neat to see some choregraphed seat dance routine with music over the sound system. I bet SouthWest flight attendants would be agreeable to doing something like that. 😉

      April 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wirey

    Wzrd1 you need to know what you're talking about before throwing out incorrect information. Time of useful consciousness at 28,000 ft is 2.5 to 3 minutes. Get your facts correct next time!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bumbum

      Yeah!!! Get your facts straight next time!!! You anonymous doodoo dumdum doodley doo!!!

      April 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aubrie

      That's not even enough time to put a mask on if you're in a panic. WOW. That's scary information. Better pray you're not in the potty at the time or you're S.O. L.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Masked Avenger

      Yeah seriously, some people climb Mt Everest without O2 and that is 29000 ft.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David

    The poor folks were probably using the on-board wi-fi to check their credit card statements. When they saw how much AA had charged them for the flight... Well... You all know what comes next. Sickness and fainting. Just sayin'... 🙂

    April 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoodleHat

      It would've been better if you hadn't.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jim

    Miscellaneous complaint here!

    April 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Netwallwarrior

    It was just the body odor from those mid-westerners going au natural.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bumbum

      Hahaha hahaha hahaha!!!!! That's too funny. On second thought, it's not really that funny at all. Indeed.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JOE

    Overworked, and under-paid(flight attendants), I'd faint too. Glad nothing worse happened, and we can all have a good laugh about it.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richaroo

    That's funny...Jim never orders the fish at home

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

      the hospital? what is it?

      April 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raptor1345

      It's a large building with patients, but that's not important right now.

      April 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MyNameIsNobody

    Who farted?

    April 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoundTruth

      You're sitting there, tiy otta know...

      April 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SAM

    That passive smoke does it all the time...........NOT

    April 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul NYC

    What's worse? A toxic gas that makes you faint or landing in Dayton? It's a toss-up.

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

      I love Dayton! You can stay in NYC. lol

      April 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SAM

    Keep selling that Booze.....The vapors travel through the whole PLANE

    April 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Buckaroo Bill

    AA did not make it to the top five airlines. They think they are a global luxury airline. Recently, I flew on a 737 from DFW to LGA on AA and they ran out of beverages, food for purchase (dinner flight) and the restrooms were a sanitary nightmare.
    There is no leg room on this aircraft. It doesn't surpise me that the O2 masks were not dependable. At least, the O2 canisters did not catch on fire.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
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