On Wednesday evening, American Airlines Flight 338, traveling from Miami to Barbados, was forced to return to Miami International Airport after customers reported a “chemical order” emanating from a passenger’s carry-on bag.
The incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. local time.
The New York Post reported that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the airport before the plane landed.
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Service told the Post:
“Upon arrival, fire crews remained on standby as the aircraft landed without incident. HazMat units performed a hazard assessment due to reports of a strong chemical smell inside the plane. Firefighters began patient assessment and, out of precaution, five patients were transported to a local-area hospital.”
The Post reported that after the plane landed, it was escorted to the “penalty box” for inspection. Passengers were immediately asked to leave the plane.
An American Airlines spokesperson told the Post “The remaining passengers were taken to buses for terminal transport.”
The airline spokesperson added the plane “carried 172 passengers and six crew members.” Also, “all customers were offered hotel accommodations and the flight was rescheduled to redepart tomorrow at 9 a.m.”
The Post has reached out to Miami International Airport for comment.
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