Flight crew taken to Fort Lauderdale hospital after feeling ill on plane

2 pilots, 3 flight attendants on American Airlines flight complain of odor

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Five members of an American Airlines flight crew were taken to a hospital as a precaution Thursday after complaining of an odor on the plane at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

American Airlines flight 1897 from Philadelphia landed in Fort Lauderdale about 11 a.m.

"Shortly before landing, crew members complained of an odor onboard," American Airlines spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello said in a statement.

She said two pilots and three flight attendants asked to be taken to a hospital as a precaution.

"I heard one of the security guys walk by, and he's like, 'I need four wheelchairs. We need one ASAP," passenger Andrew O'Donnell said. "They just sort of wheeled everybody off and they said they smelled an odor on the plane. And when that happened, they said that they obviously weren't going to let anybody else on."

There were 137 passengers on the flight, but they were not affected.

"The aircraft is being evaluated by our maintenance team," Coello said.

Michael Kane, battalion chief for the Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue, said the patients were taken to Broward Health Medical Center.

O'Donnell said he and other passengers who were waiting to board the flight were given vouchers to be booked on different flights. 

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