American Air Flight 49: Fumes Cause Plane To Land In Iceland
Fumes Cause American Airlines Flight 49 To Make Emergency Landing In Iceland
American Airlines Flight 49 was forced to make an emergency landing at Reykjavik Keflavik International Airport in Iceland. The presence of chemical fumes was reported inside the cabin. No one was seriously hurt, but Sky News reports five crew members became ill in the kitchen compartment of the plane. Ambulances were on sight at the airport to assist medically. The nature of the fumes remains undetermined, but an investigation is under way as the plane is being inspected. It is believed the fumes were produced as a result of a mechanical problem.
Boeing 767-300 made an emergency landing at 1345GMT. The plane flying from Paris to Dallas was carrying 133 passengers and 12 crew members at the time of the incident.
The incident comes in the wake of a bomb scare on board United Airlines Flight 663 bound for Denver when Qatari diplomat Mohammed Al-Madadi made a careless remark alluding to setting his shoes on fire when he was cornered smoking a cigarette in the lavatory. The plane was grounded, but the investigation has shown that Al-Madadi did not intend to blow up the plane and was not affiliated with any terror groups.