Old 11th Mar 2010, 18:46
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Crew, passengers fall ill on Jetstar flight after mystery smell

From SMH :Jetstar passengers, crew fall ill after chemical smell

An intensive care paramedic and three ambulance crews met a Jetstar flight on arrival in Queensland this morning after six passengers fell ill on board.

Ambulance officers assessed the passengers, who complained of nausea and headaches, during the Brisbane-to-Mackay flight.

Four cabin crew were also checked after they reported feeling off-colour.

Flight JQ882, with 182 passengers on aboard, landed after 8am this morning.

The passengers, who were not sitting in the same area, reported to cabin crew that they were smelling a strange odour, and started feeling light-headed and nauseous, said Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway.

Their complaints were passed on to the pilot who made an announcement asking if there were any doctors on board.

Fortunately for the ill passengers, two doctors were on board and monitored the passengers ahead of the landing.

The pilot radioed for emergency services to be ready upon landing, and fire trucks and ambulances met the plane on the tarmac.

The six passengers required no treatment and no one was transported to hospital, a Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.

Mr Westaway said it remained "bit of a mystery" as to what might have caused the passengers to feel unwell.

Firefighters and engineers were inspecting the plane, an Airbus A320, which has been taken out of service.

There was some 'chlorine-like' odour detected, but its source remains unknown, Mr Westaway said.

While technical staff continue to examine the plane, Jetstar's service between Mackay and Brisbane remains disrupted.

Any spare capacity on Qantas Link or Virgin Blue would be secured to help people get to their destinations, but some customers might have to be put up overnight if the plane remains out of service, Mr Westaway said.
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