American Airlines disputes reports that passenger who ‘passed gas’ caused emergency landing

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WCMH) — American Airlines is disputing a report that a person who “passed gas” on a plane Sunday afternoon forced all passengers off the jet

The incident happened when passengers on the flight became ill with nausea and headaches, according to a spokesperson with Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The spokesperson told WNCN-TV the odor was from a passenger who “passed gas.”

Authorities later said that the incident was a “medical call” and directed all questions to Wake County EMS.

“The medical call came in for someone affected by an odor after the plane deplaned normally,” the airport official said in the statement.

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein refuted the “passed gas” claim late Sunday, AP reported. He released a statement that said in part:

“We did have an aircraft from Charlotte to RDU this afternoon, that landed at 2:19 p.m. ET, and arrived the gate at 2:21 p.m. ET, that is currently out of service for an actual mechanical issue – and odor in the cabin. But It is not due to “passed gas” as mentioned.”

The airline says the plane has been taken out of service for repairs, and it says passengers were never in any danger. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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