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A Delta flight from Atlanta to Denver had to make an unscheduled landing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, today after numerous passengers reported feeling sick, the airline said.
The crew of Delta Flight 1817 made the decision to divert to Tulsa because of the customers feeling ill, Delta said in a statement this afternoon.
As of this evening, 100 people had been assessed and nine reported having the same symptoms, though officials did not explain what those symptoms were.
One passenger from the flight was hospitalized, but for an unrelated medical emergency, a Delta supervisor on the scene said. [Source]
In spite of the compelling evidence of a massive health and safety scandal the airline industry fails even to adequately acknowledge the problem, let alone to take action to protect crews and the travelling public. They know that fully admitting the scale of the problem could damage their business and leave them liable to huge compensation claims.
Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), HAZMAT and fire crews were sent to the airport to handle the situation. All emergency units are treating the situation as a medical issue at this time. In particular, EMSA medical services set 2 units on scene to take care of affected passengers.
After reports of sickness had been received among some passengers, the rest of people on board were assessed to verify their health status. The 10-15 sick passengers showed symptoms of general illness and nausea. They were immediately sent to health services set at the Tulsa International Airport. [Source]
The problem of contaminated air exposures in aircraft has been known about for over 30 years and remained inadequately addressed, despite many Government and industry statements recognising the problem is in fact very real. This included the 2005 pilot union (BALPA) conference in London and the Australian Senate Inquiry of 2000, which acknowledged that crews and passengers exposed to aircraft air contamination were indeed becoming ill.