Medical crews respond to diverted flight at MSP International Airport

February 27, 2019 09:11 PM

Officials at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport report medical crews were responding to an Alaska Airlines flight arriving at Terminal 1 Wednesday night.

Pat Hogan, the airport's Director of Public Affairs and Marketing, said 10 to 12 people on the flight reported having breathing problems.


Four crew members were transported to a local hospital, but no passengers had to be transported, Hogan said. The flight itself was canceled. The airline plans to rebook passengers on Thursday.

The flight, Alaska Airlines Flight 51, took off from O'Hare in Chicago around 5:48 p.m. and was bound for Seattle when it was diverted to MSP because of the issues.

It landed around 7:17 p.m.

It follows an incident on Tuesday in which ABC affiliate KOMO in Seattle reported an Alaska Airlines flight departing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had to return to the airport when an odor was detected in the plane's cabin. Three crew members were sent to the hospital.

Alaska Airlines issued a statement on the latest incident Wednesday:

"Alaska Airlines Flight 51 departed Chicago O'Hare for Seattle at 5:48 p.m. local time. During the flight, the crew reported a cabin odor," it read. "As a precaution, the aircraft diverted to Minneapolis-St Paul International landing at 7:17 p.m. local time.

"Six crew members received a medical evaluation at the airport and four were transported to the hospital for further evaluation. Two passengers were also evaluated at the airport. The cause of the odor is being investigated and the plane has been removed from service pending an inspection.

"The flight has canceled and passengers will be rebooked on a different flight to Seattle."


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