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Suspected carbon monoxide on plane sickens passengers

Many people are nervous about flying, even though statistically speaking, flying is much safer than driving. They may fear the lack of control or have other concerns, such as worries about terrorist plots or mechanical failures.

It is certainly true that when there is an in-flight incident that compromises passenger safety, the repercussions can be catastrophic. When airline disasters occur, injured passengers or their survivors may be able to seek financial compensation for damages from the airline or other entities.

But what about in cases where there was no crash, yet problems arose with the flight that caused passengers to become ill? Such was the case on a recent Delta Airlines flight that got diverted to Oklahoma when up to a dozen of the 152 passengers aboard the plane claimed suddenly to be overcome with illness.

Flight 1817 that departed from Atlanta on July 9 was bound for Denver, but never got there. Instead, around 3 p.m., the pilot diverted the flight to Tulsa International Airport after passengers began displaying symptoms consistent with poisoning from carbon monoxide, a captain with the Tulsa Fire Department told a media source.

The spokesperson for the Emergency Medical Services Authority stated that ambulance service responders rendered treatment to nine passengers. All appeared to suffer from similar symptoms, such as nausea. Another passenger was transported to a local hospital for non-emergency reasons, the spokesperson reported, and still another was seen at a hospital for a medical matter unrelated to the suspected carbon monoxide exposure.

Certainly there should not be carbon monoxide released on a flight, and if passengers were sickened due to this happening, the airline likely will be culpable for any claims resulting from the incident.

Source: FOX News, "Denver-bound Delta flight diverted to Tulsa after passengers get sick," July 10, 2016

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