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Sick crew forces emergency landing at RDU

Posted April 11, 2011

— An on-board emergency diverted Delta flight 1415 from JFK airport in New York to Raleigh Durham International Monday, after crew members got sick, an airport spokesman said.

The plane, an MD 80 aircraft, was headed to Ft. Lauderdale. There were 94 passengers and five crew members aboard, said RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer. 

He said there was a noxious odor on the flight stemming from an electrical problem that caused the crew to become ill. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the crew reported an emergency on-board and requested multiple medics meet them at the gate.

No one was taken to the hospital.

Delta is making arrangements for passengers, Sawyer said.

No other information was released.


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  • Vietnam Vet Apr 12, 2011

    First we have to worry about the aircraft coming apart and now we have to worry about the crew coming apart?

  • tarheel_aviator Apr 12, 2011

    a lot of folks have a Masters Degree in Complaintology.
    why not commend the Pilot-In-Command and crew on making what could have amounted to a life saving decision. a lot of aircraft are many years old, and are maintained to a very high standard, despite the age. Good Job Crew ! Thumbs Down to the complaint dept.

  • bbad238 Apr 12, 2011

    MD80's are what, at least 25 years old now? I don't blame them, I'd land that thing too if there was an electrical problem.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Apr 12, 2011

    They had to be sick to divert to Raleigh instead of going on to Ft. Lauderdale.

  • gnewsome1 Apr 12, 2011

    They got sick and took pre-cautions, period. Some of you would complain regardless of what they did.

  • rnrcp Apr 12, 2011

    I routinely fly Delta and American and have only had one bad experience on an American flight from Aruba to Miami. Even this was not a problem with the airline itself since Miami airport was closed for a couple of hours due to storms.

  • ncstatefan13 Apr 12, 2011

    Too bad Otto Pilot wasn't on the flight; and stop calling me Shirley.

  • housemanagercary Apr 12, 2011

    Why would you complain about them landing because of sick crew, and sick from a noxious odor? They could have been overcome from the smell, not knowing what it was. They could have been impacted to the point of crashing the plane. Why would anyone complain about them taking the CORRECT safety measures to land the plane and get people and plane checked out?! As for landing for one person, well unless that one person is going to die (they would land) then that one person couldn't crash the plane now could they?

  • mep Apr 12, 2011

    From the movie Airplane: Did you have the fish?

  • Pulling for the Tarheels Apr 12, 2011

    hmclayton-it can happen on any airline - our worst experience was on US Air (US Scare) in which we will not fly again. Just trying to get from Charlotte to RDU was horrific. "Our plane" had so many issues, it never left the ground in Florida, so we didn't have a plane to take us. I was grateful that they didn't fly us on an unsafe plane, however, by the time we did get a plane (6 hours later) it was snowing and we were on the plane in line on the runway waiting to be de-iced for over 2 hours. Our pilot was awesome in keeping us updated - we finally arrived at RDU at 3:00 a.m. then had to stand in line another hour to request lost luggage, as they failed to load our luggage - we had no clue where that was. So...as I said, it can happen on any airline.