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Saturday 30 August 2014

Up to eleven people from diverted US-bound plane taken to hospital

Public health alert issued this afternoon as crew complained of nausea, running eyes and dizziness

Geraldine Gittens

Published 10/05/2014 | 16:00

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A US AIRWAYS flight bound for Philadelphia was diverted to Dublin Airport because crew members became ill.

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A public health alert was issued in Ireland as the plane was due to land, and ambulances rushed to the scene.

Eleven people in total from US Airways flight 715 who were complaining of nausea, running eyes, and dizziness were taken to Beaumont hospital .

Four ambulances, a paramedic car, and five fire engines waited for the landing to take place at around 3.15pm.

The flight left Venice at around 11.30am.

Some 185 passengers were on board the flight, and they were disembarked within two hours of landing.

The aircraft was removed to a remote location at the airport while the ill passengers were tended to.

A spokesperson for US Airways told independent.ie: "US Airways flight 715 from Venice to PHiladelphia diverted to Dublin because several of our flight attendants reported medical issues."

"Medical professionals are evaluating our flight attendants and we are reaccommodating our customers on other flights to Philadelphia. There are no reports of illness from pilots or passengers."

A source from Dublin Fire Brigade told independent.ie that eleven casualties were taken to hospital, and the public health alert was stood down shortly after 5pm.

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