O'Hare-Bound Flight Diverted to Ohio With Sick Passengers

The flight landed in Dayton after four passengers apparently fainted

By Lisa Balde
|  Friday, Apr 1, 2011  |  Updated 9:39 PM CDT
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Four passengers apparently fainted on an American Airlines flight headed to Chicago from Washington D.C. because of a possible issue with cabin pressure.

Four passengers apparently fainted on an American Airlines flight headed to Chicago from Washington D.C. because of a possible issue with cabin pressure.

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Four passengers apparently fainted on an American Airlines flight headed to Chicago from Washington, D.C. because of a possible issue with cabin pressure.

An American Airlines spokesman told NBC News that a couple flight attendants got dizzy as the plane reached 28,000 feet and asked the pilots to drop the oxygen masks just in case.

"When the other flight attendent went up to tell the captain she got very wheezy, and actually she couldn't speak right.  She said, 'I thought I was going crazy because the words that I had in my head were not coming out,'" said one passenger.

The pilots began looking for a place to land and Flight 547 diverted to Dayton International Airport, spokesman Ed Martell said.

Martell said it's not known whether the passengers fainted because of the lack of oxygen or because of the excitement of the moment.

An Ohio airport official told the Associated Press that about a half dozen people on board complained of illness and one passenger had an asthma attack

The plane landed safely and the 134 passengers and six crew walked out of the plane. Two female passengers were taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

American is in the process of bringing another plane into Dayton to continue the flight to Chicago.

Earlier this week, a Portland, Ore.-bound flight from D.C. made a "level two emergency" stop in Chicago after passengers said three men were acting strangely, even fighting with flight crews.

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