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Frontier Airlines flight F9 990 was met by the local fire department upon landing on November 9th due to a complaint of fumes throughout the cabin. Crew in the rear of the aircraft began to feel ill and reported it to the captain.
The flight departed Denver International Airport (DEN) on schedule and made it to its destination of San Antonio International Airport (SAT) without needing to divert. Passengers were unaware of the situation and not impacted by the odor. It was so potent that upon arrival, the plane was tested for toxic gases.
USA Today reports that the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) investigated the aircraft along with its hazmat team (in the event a poisonous gas was identified), but nothing toxic was found. Several crew members were provided with medical attention onsite and no passengers or crew needed additional treatment or transport to the hospital.
San Antonio Fire Department Public Information Officer, Joe Arrington, said:
Originally, we were called for a strange odor on a plane and people feeling bad, so we sent a whole lot of people — hazmat, rescue, airport rescue, all these things out there — but once the plane landed, we realized there was no odor.”
The Airbus A320 was evaluated by maintenance to try to identify the cause of the smell. Findings were not reported. This is the first time that an odor has been reported on the seven-year-old aircraft. It reentered service the next day and flew back to Denver International Airport (DEN).
Anthony’s Take: Luckily, no further medical attention was needed and the issue, whatever it was, seems to have resolved itself.
(Image Credits: Frontier Airlines and San Antonio Fire Department.)
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