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. fireguy30

    Isn't this the same departure airport (Regan DC), in which the 737 last week, was found with a bullet hole above a passenger window? Does this not red flag to anybody???

    April 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • eric g

      and the sleeping ATs

      April 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • William3c

      No its not the same airport. The US air plane came from PHL and not DCA. The logical explanation is the bleed air contamination. Incident #1 of a boeing 737. Southwest had a plane rip open at the rivets and made an emergency landing in Yuma Az. I would say its a manufacturers issue.

      April 2, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      The Plane with a bullet hole was in N.C...Had nothing to do with Reagan AP...and the Controller that was asleep..was a Supervisor..Not a Union Employee...

      April 2, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Trevor

    Never have a problem like that in my car. I'll keep driving.

    April 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lori

    @ Jan~ If you are going to post a comment, please use proper grammar. It definitely gives you more credibility! 😉

    April 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. J

    I speak jive...

    April 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. St3jr

    I swear, it had nothing to do with the bullet hole in the fuselage.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Do not worry

    I got feeling some kind of bio-chemical was released on the plane... Radiation wouldn't make the people sick that fast nor would they have sterile rooms for the passengers, on other flights that went to through radiation they just let the people go.... Why would this plane be different?

    April 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Is everything a conspiracy / terrorist act to you? Maybe wait for some facts instead of jumping to wild conclusions?

      April 1, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon

      Yeah,don't worry!

      April 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gron

    As a former aircraft mechanic, i can testify that this happens more than people know. Different fluids form the aircraft can leak into the cabin or baggage compartment. I personally remember an incident at TWA when a baggage loader loaded a dead body inside it's travel casket upside down in the aircraft and all the embalming fluid leaked out. The plane made an emergency landing only minutes after takeoff because of people getting sick and passing out. I doubt this has any terrorist connection.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jf79

    Someone farted and people passed out.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    Wow. That's the third incident today – first the birdstrike in Arkansas, then the Southwest Airlines 737 with a hole in the roof in-flight, and this – depressurization problems? It's not often that three major incidents happen on the same day.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. david

    Why don't they build airliners were the top blows off like a jet fighter canopy,with floatable auto-ejection seats and parachutes built into back of seats?

    April 2, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Fowardblue

      I would fly again with a jet back and what you mentioned.

      April 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • blackguyafrica

      because they are at 30k feet...

      April 3, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TheWatcher

    This will give the passengers a 'flight' story to tell their friends and family for years to come.
    Heirloom Seeds, "How God plants His garden."

    April 2, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. travis fisher

    Jeff gillard its matter not mater of fact and your gold status will be worth nothing you foolio

    April 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fowardblue

    This is the 3rd in recent that I have read about this happening. Is it the norm?

    April 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon

      Yes,completely normal..happens all the time...really??

      April 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AG

    2 many "DAMN GERMS"!!

    April 3, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Targeted Individual

    Watch a Pre-January 8th copy of Inception. Listen closely when the actors say imagine, reality, and safe, or point pistols. You'll hear the words, Loughner, offin' her, part of the word Giffords, and much more. Some say they hear, do it.

    April 3, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
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