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. The Masked Avenger

    They all saw something on the wing. Probably some kind of Gremlin tearing things up.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • justin

      did they all see the monkey monster ripping up the wing or was it just 2 people.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Blue Person Group

    If you put a bunch of people in a crowded space like this and one of them faints, very often several more will too. Unfortunately, the same goes for folks using airsickness bags. There could have been one person who had a blood-sugar problem, or didn't get enough sleep, and that triggered a bunch of "copy-cat" fainters.

    It's also a common phenomenon that if one person makes a stupid post on the Internet, quite a few others will follow in short order.

    Next post.

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

      Hi.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Sounds like 1 person may have had a panic attack that caused others to panic. Not cool but not unlikely either. Bad day for these people but I'm sure they will all be fine. We've got the ultimate hypochondriac on here claiming he flew on the same flight 5 days ago and still feels "flu-like" symptoms. You either got sick or have psyched yourself out, get over it!

      April 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Duffey

    Now you know why Expedia dumped AA.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bostongye

    Days after a bullet hole was found in a US Airways plane in Charlotte. Now possible depressurization issues on this plane... Interesting. I love how all of this happens the same week I book flights.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      Good luck!

      April 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PSAGuy

    "Hospital?...what is it?" " It's a big building with patients but that's not important now".

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

      Oh it's red and white, with pretty curtains in the windows. It looks like a giant Tylenol!

      April 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. amy

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

    April 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • justin

      good thing the pilots didnt faint , or they would of had to look for passengers to fly

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

      Isn't that what the "Automatic Pilot" accomplishes? I mean, so long as he stays inflated...

      "I just wanted to tell you both. Good luck; we're all counting on you."

      April 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bernie

    @me it's a building full of sick people, but thats not important right now.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jon

    What? There is a sterile room at the airport?

    April 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bernie

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue~ ooooopp. (falls over)

    April 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. STEVE PHX AZ

    can you say PAYNE STEWART

    April 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lou50

    better wait till the flight attendances indicate if they have food poisoning. suspect they ate in the same place. the others could be just psychosomatic reaction from hysterical americans. decompressed cabin would have caused ear problems and didn't read that in the story. Plus the crew would have noticed low cabin pressure up front.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    Hey Guys, will you visit HelpFaye.ORG a friend of mine is fighting for her life and needs your help....Thanks

    April 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • mean man

      Why should I go to a website to help someone YOU know? Is Faye going to give me anything to help her? no? then I will keep my hard earned cash and blow it at the indian casinos. yay.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    Lou50, what is this groundless attack on "hysterical Americans" all about? I think the only pressure problem involved here is the whistling noise between your ears.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Riitta

    I am not surprised. I find American Airlines to be a greedy company with no regard to passenger safety or comfort. Shortcuts everywhere.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. T's Girl

    If they landed here in Dayton, the April Fool's joke is on them!

    April 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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