Thursday, October 9, 2008

Food Poisoning Causes United Flight to Land at O'Hare

A United Airlines jet on a flight from Boston to Los Angeles made an unscheduled stop in Chicago when several passengers became ill on Wednesday night.

The illnesses aboard Flight 167 led the pilot to divert the aircraft to O'Hare International Airport, said United spokesman Jeff Kovick.

After the Airbus 320 at about 8:30 p.m. CST, complaining passengers were examined by Chicago Fire Department paramedics. Other passengers from the Airbus 320 were transferred to another plane, which arrived at Los Angeles International Airport shortly before 1 a.m. Some of the continuing passengers told an RMG camera crew that the ill passengers belonged to a tour group of around 40 people.

When paramedics boarded the plane in Chicago, the entire tour group was taken off the airliner to be examined, arriving passengers said at LAX.

Four people complaining of illness were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., with flu-like symptoms, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The airline did not serve food aboard Flight 167, which carried 138 passengers, according to officials. Officials further said that no airline anywhere in the United States serves anything so it can't possibly be our fault.

"The safety of our passengers is our top priority and the captain made the right decision to land in Chicago so that our customers could receive appropriate medical attention," Kovick said.

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