The American Airlines flight AA279, that left London Heathrow at 11.14am this morning has had to be diverted back to Dublin airport after the spillage of a bleach-like cleaning product, a flight monitoring service reports. Aviation traffic service Airport Webcams report the spillage has caused two members of the crew to fall unconscious. Several passengers are believed to be experiencing burning eyes and itchy skin.
The pilot said the cleaning fluid was accidentally left on board the aircraft by cleaners on the ground at Heathrow, it has been reported.
The fluid, left in the plane’s toilet, spilled out of its container and onto the floor.
Audio of an exchange between the cockpit and traffic control confirmed cleaning fluid had been spilled, causing two crew members to lose consciousness.
A member of the aircrew, according to audio shared by Airport Webcams, said: “We have recovered a container for the substance, it is a cleaning product that was used back in London Heathrow.
“It was spilled. For some reason the container was left behind in the aircraft in one of the lavatories.
“It continued to seep into the carpet. I am told it is not a toxic substance.
“We require paramedics to come on board the aircraft.
“We have had two of the flight crew actually lose consciousness. I think they’re back into a state of consciousness.
“There are general complaints about burning eyes, skin problems.”
The flight was due to leave Heathrow at 10.15am, but was delayed by almost an hour.
It was due to land at Philadelphia International Airport at 1.40pm local time.
A statement from the airline said: “American Airlines flight 729 from London Heathrow to Philadelphia diverted to Dublin due to an odor caused by a spilled cleaning solution in the galley.
“The flight landed safely in Dublin at 1.15pm local time, and taxied to the gate.
“Medical personnel have met the aircraft to evaluate any crew members or passengers who may need additional assistance.”
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