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. 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 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      Surely, you must be joking.

      April 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rex Kramer

    Striker, listen, and you listen close: flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

    April 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve McCroskey

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking.

    April 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rumack

    The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn't have fish for dinner

    April 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sam

    They probably ate the fish

    April 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Olaf Big

    When does CNN gets someone with a college degree in science, or at least some common sense, to check their news items? Why would people who got dizzy on a short flight end up in a "sterile room"?

    April 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tim in Arizona

    It was bound to happened. This is a mess and peoples life were put at risk becuase aa refuses to hire good mechanics. Now this has happened! Aa is responsiblr for the problems here ans abroad and they lack the knowledge and the skills to keep the reactor cool, and now this mess. I am alarm and will lose sleep, it was bound to happen! Shame on yoy aa, shame on yoy!

    April 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jan

    A 737? It's not in the dead airfield with the other old planes? They are still using it? I would never fly in a very old plane....no way Jose....those planes were shakin and vibrating like crazy in the early 90's. Retire the dang plane!!!! jeeez.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe the pilot

    Have fun cutting down the plastic jungle A&P's!

    April 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Linda

    Has anyone thought to connect this to the USAir 737 that has been grounded 4 times due to fumes in the cabin causing the same symptoms?

    April 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe the pilot

    Dude, the still make brand new 737's genius. The 737-800 is an amazing aircraft. I currently fly a plane older than I am, and have no problems!

    April 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tim in Arizona

    They knew this would happened! Here and abroad...they just had to know!

    April 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    Sounds like early stages of Hypoxia to me, which is a symptom of depressurization. The sterile room is a precaution until it's confirmed no chemical weapons were used on the aircraft.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tare

    Two of CNN's affiliates reported this and neither one of them, (nor combined) could get the facts straight. Typical journalism of today: "Shortly after...", "... as many as four," "...may have had depressurization problems..." HOW about some FACTS!

    April 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Richard Allen

    alright! let the lawsuits begin!

    April 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
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