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American Airlines London flight diverted after 'chemical spillage'

Emergency vehicles near an American Airlines plane at Dublin airport
Image caption Emergency vehicles were seen near to the American Airlines plane at Dublin airport

A London flight to Philadelphia has been diverted to Dublin after reports of a "chemical spillage" on board.

American Airlines said two crew members and one passenger went to hospital "for evaluation" after flight AA729 from Heathrow landed at 13:15 GMT on Monday.

Airbus A330-300 landed due to an odour "caused by a spilled cleaning solution in the galley", it added.

One passenger wrote on Twitter that the spillage "led to [a] sickness outbreak and an emergency landing".

Another passenger reported noticing "noxious smells" on board the flight.

An audio clip has appeared online, purporting to be a recording of a conversation between the pilot and an air traffic controller.

In it, the pilot is heard to say that two cabin staff had "actually lost consciousness" after being exposed to the cleaning product.

"I'm told it is not a toxic substance," he added.

The Irish Aviation Authority said it does not release such conversations and was therefore "not in a position to authenticate it".

A spokeswoman for Dublin Airport said that the flight had been diverted "for a medical emergency".

"As per standard operating procedures there was a full turn-out of Dublin Airport's emergency fire services," she added.

American Airlines said the flight had been rescheduled to leave Dublin on Tuesday morning and that all passengers had been offered free hotel rooms for the night.

Meanwhile, a second of the airline's transatlantic flights was also diverted to Dublin on Monday, where it was met by emergency vehicles.

Image caption A second American Airlines flight - an Airbus A330-200 - was followed by fire crews on arrival at Dublin Airport

The airline said flight 787, from Paris to Charlotte in North Carolina was diverted after a passenger fell ill.

The passenger was taken from the plane for treatment and the flight is scheduled to depart later on Monday, a spokeswoman added.


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