So Sick: Mysterious Illness Strikes American Airlines Flight From London

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LONDON — What goes up, must come down — especially when it’s a packed plane 30,000 feet in the air, folks suddenly get sick and start passing out!

That’s what went down on an American Airlines flight from London to Los Angeles Wednesday.

According to the NY Times, the pilot was two hours into the flight over Iceland when a flight attendant fainted and dozens reported feeling lightheaded. So the pilot made a U-turn and landed that baby at Heathrow Airport.

Here’s the kicker… no one seems to know what the heck set off this mystery illness. Some reports suggest air leaking from the plane’s engine into the cabin caused the problem.

“Our maintenance team conducted a thorough inspection of the aircraft, including a test flight, and found no issues,” American Airlines aid in a statement. The air filters were replaced “out of an abundance of caution.”


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