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. Chris

    It was the fish.

    April 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kev the sevv

    I like cake

    April 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. I Know!

    This would not have happened if Captain Chesley Sullenberger was @ the helm!

    April 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jm999

    sorry folks, it was me. people generally faint when they see the size of my fuselage.

    April 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan

    Fainting is like yawning. One person starts and pretty soon it's the whole plane.

    April 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shotzbot

    Shotzbot, has been banned from commenting on CNN......No reason given just one small voice for freedom and liberty denied their rights of free speech by CNN.

    April 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TheOtherMike

    My money is on either Skydrol or the oil they use in the engines. That stuff get sucked in through the air bleed system, and then it gets distributed through the cabin air system. Both are pretty nasty, especially when they are inhaled.

    April 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jay

    Hypoxia! More than likely the ones that fainted or felt faint were smokers. It points to a depress. problem in the cabin but a small dip or all would have felt faint. A complete depress. would have been a true emergency and anyone that's been in a depress. chamber knows it doesn't take long before you're out!

    April 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jackie

    My mother was on this flight and her oxygen mask did not come down!

    April 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey

    Helios Flight 522 is what this make me think of - The pilots set the cabin pressure to manual, thus leaving the cabin unpressurised during the flight. as everyone knows, there is not enough oxygen past 10,000 feet for humans to breathe.Thus,all passengers and crew fainted, then died from hypoxia or the resulting crash.

    April 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. schnoo

    tampa mike: what hillbilly state are you from. don't trash talk ohio: get a life!

    April 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. M.Ignotus

    Any word on if the fainted passengers were offered jobs as air traffic controllers?

    April 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Owrudoin

    In an effort to get more people on a plane, the airlines are now enforcing a strict policy of synchronized breathing. Even number rows must exhale at the same time as odd number rows inhale, then they alternate through out the flight. Apparently someone screwed up the sequence. Once identified, that person get charged a $150 breathing out of turn fee.

    April 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve McCroskey

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.

    April 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Elaine Dickinson

    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 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
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