An American Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles was forced to return to London’s Heathrow Airport Wednesday after at least six people on board fell ill.
The Daily Telegraph reported that one member of the Boeing 777’s cabin crew fainted and five others complained of feeling unwell. With the aircraft, Flight 109, in the air over southwest Iceland, the captain made the decision to return to Heathrow.
Paramedics and fire crews surrounded the plane as it landed approximately five hours after it had taken off. The Telegraph reported that the passengers’ luggage was briefly taken away for inspection before being returned to them.
“About 2.5 hours into the flight just as we were passing Iceland we had a Tannoy announcement asking for any doctors, nurses or medical professionals on board to report to the boarding doors to assist with unwell passengers,” passenger Lee Gunn told The Daily Mirror. “The lights then came on in the cabin and there was lots of commotion.” (Read more from “Mystery Illness Forces American Airlines Flight to Return to London” HERE)