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. paulse

    Those people fainted because they started thinking about all the "clever" and "duplicate" jokes that would be posted in the Comments Section once the news story about how they fainted was published.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hayah ahyah hayyah


    April 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fonz01

    Do you like movies about gladiators?

    April 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. noemi

    Could any one see Russia from there seat?

    April 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Betelgeuse

    It's al Qaeda work!!! Somebody call Bush from the bushes.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dr. Rumack

    I just want to tell you both: good luck, and we're all counting on you!

    April 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fungui

    It's Bush's Fault.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Candanucks

    Sorry everyone, it was the Taco Bell from last night

    April 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. smackme420

    O.K. That did it! CNN, you censored me again! Yes, I must admit, it was a perfectly good FLATULENCE joke but, you guys ruined everything! I mean, doesn't anybody "release their pressure valves" when it's that "time again" in Atlanta? Or are you at your New York offices? Quit doing this to me! Laughter is a perfect way of releasing stress, getting over something/someone who made you angry, or just simply enjoying life. Try to have a sense of humor CNN, you might actually remember what it is like to laugh and I PROMISE you a longer, happier, life!

    April 1, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dave

    Maybe they were watching "Contact" starring Jodie Foster.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    April Fools !!!

    April 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hahahahahaha

    @eddie w – It's amazing what happens when you pull your head out of there, isn't it? ; )

    April 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • eddie w

      @hahahahahaha...i havent tryed that...does it work for you? the loud noise kind of startled me a little but it wasent that bad

      April 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    First low life to make a comment.

    April 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tony

    Sounds like a bleed air contamination issue to me. If an aircraft depressurizes the oxygen mask are supposed to automatically fall and if they don't well I don't want to fly on a jet where I have to rely on the pilots to drop the oxygen mask in the event the cabin depressurizes. That's just stupid.

    April 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Bleed air contamination makes sense to me. Everyone knows that the air you breathe in a pressurized jet comes from the engines, right?

      April 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Actually some systems do take air from the engine from the compressor stages forward of the combustion stage. In low pressure and high pressure compressor stages, usually up to 24 stages depending on the size of the engine, the air is just outside air being compressed for the combustion stage. Remember at 28,000 feet the air is below freezing so you have to condition it somehow in order to keep your passengers alive.

      April 2, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. really?

    I hope you all aren't grown adults..

    April 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
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