Along with nine passengers who experienced lightheadedness, three flight attendants got sick. Delta Air Lines flight DL537 had to make an impromptu stop in Oklahoma on Friday, April 7.
Delta Air Lines
The flight was en route from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) when three flight attendants started to feel ill. The pilots made the decision to turn around “out of an abundance of caution due to an onboard medical issue.” Passenger Emmy Kelly revealed to Fox News:
The chief flight attendant, according to Fox News, was among the few who began to have breathing problems; at one point, they were wearing an oxygen mask. Nine passengers said they felt dizzy in addition to the three flight attendants who felt ill.
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At 17:52 local time, the aircraft landed at Oklahoma City Will Rogers World Airport (OKC), where an ambulance greeted the passengers and took them to the hospital. At the time of writing, it was not known what their current condition was.
- The 197-passenger Eater weekend flight was being operated by a 32-year-old grandmother of the Delta fleet, a Boeing 757-200 with the registration N667DN. It was anticipated that:
- At 13:00, DL537 was supposed to fly from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and reach there at 20:10 the same day.
According to Flightradar24, the flight instead operated the unexpected but required detour while adhering to the following schedule:
- DL537 took off from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 13:24 and landed at Oklahoma City Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) at 17:52. From OKC, DL537 was able to continue its journey the next day, April 7, at 12:11, arriving at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) at 14:48
Flight from LAX to ATL
The stranded passengers were deplaned and made to spend the night in a hotel in Oklahoma City since many crew members were out of commission owing to unexplained illness and were taken to a nearby hospital. Meanwhile, on Good Friday, April 7, maintenance gave the go-ahead for the flight to take off once more.
Regarding what might have caused the illness, Delta has not provided any additional information. The Federal Aviation Administration, however, announced that it will be looking into the matter.
The 32-year-old Boeing 757-200, which commonly flies for Delta Air Lines on transcontinental routes, was added to the airline’s fleet in March 1991. According to Flightradar24, the plane only flew from Oklahoma City to Atlanta on Good Friday after making an unplanned stop in Oklahoma City.
This flight was likely made to allow for additional inspection at the Delta base in Atlanta overnight. On Saturday, April 8th, the plane is planned to resume normal operations with a DL350 flight to Boston, departing at 13:24.
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