American Airlines flight diverted after 'chemical spillage' leaves two crew members unconscious

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An American Airlines flight from London to Philadelphia landed in Ireland after cleaning chemicals leaked in the aircraft cabin on Monday.

One passenger was also hospitalized.

There were "general complaints about burning eyes and other problems with mucus in the nose and skin problems", he said as he requested medics to "come on board the aeroplane".

According to the crew member, it had been caused by a "cleaning product used at Heathrow Airport" which had been left behind in the toilets and since spilled and seeped into the carpeting.

Two American Airlines employees, as well as one customer, were taken to hospital for further evaluation.

The plane was flying from London to Philadelphia when it diverted to Dublin due to odor from cleaning fluid that spilled in the galley.

Another passenger wrote on Twitter about noticing "noxious smells" on board the flight.

While talking to CNN, Phillips said their flight had been delayed for almost an hour at Heathrow when crew members noticed the "strange smell". Katie Phillips, one of the commuters from the flight, posted about the incident and said that it "has led to sickness outbreak and an emergency landing".

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"I could see her", Phillips, who did not feel sick or show any symptoms herself, told CNN.

"She was surrounded by other staff members, " she said.

The airline said the service from Heathrow to Philadelphia landed in the Irish capital because of an "odour".

A Dublin airport spokesperson said: "As per standard operating procedures there was a full turnout of Dublin Airport's emergency fire services".

An American Airlines spokesman said that flight AA729 landed safely at Dublin Airport at 1:15 p.m.

"The plane still took off and then an announcement later told us, about one hour into flying time, that some crew members are feeling ill along with a few passengers and we have to make an emergency landing in Dublin", the passenger, who was not named, told MailOnline.

The passenger was taken from the plane for treatment and the flight is scheduled to depart later on Monday, a spokeswoman added.

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