American Airlines flight diverted after cleaning fluid spill makes passengers ill

Morgan Hines, USA TODAY
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, an American Airlines Airbus A319 is parked at a gate at Philadelphia International Airport.

An American Airlines flight from London to Philadelphia was diverted to Dublin after a cleaning fluid spill caused two crew members and a passenger fall ill.

"American Airlines flight 729 from London Heathrow to Philadelphia diverted to Dublin due to an odor caused by a spilled cleaning solution in the galley," Ross Feinstein, spokesperson for American Airlines, told USA TODAY in an email.

The flight, carrying 287 people and 12 crew members, landed in Dublin at about 1:15 pm local time. 

Medical personnel met the aircraft to check in on passengers and crew members in need of assistance, Feinstein said.

"As per standard operating procedures there was a full turn out of Dublin Airport’s emergency fire services," Siobhán O'Donnell, head of external communications for Dublin Airport, told USA TODAY in an emailed statement.

Two crew members and one passenger were taken to the hospital for further evaluation, Feinstein added. All have since been released.

Passenger Katie Phillips tweeted about the diversion. She wrote: "Ok, so this hasn't quite gone to plan. Chemical spillage led to sickness outbreak and an emergency landing in Dublin."

She described the scent of the spilled cleaning solution as "slightly sweeter than fuel," to CNN.

USA TODAY reached out to Phillips for comment.

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