The Frontier Airlines flight, containing more than 200 passengers, landed around 7:30 p.m. and proceeded to gate B-10. An ABC-7 team at the scene observed several passengers disembarked from the aircraft on stretchers and loaded into ambulances; in all, six people were being treated for possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
The flight departed Las Vegas and was headed for San Antonio after being delayed for 30 minutes to fix a fuel leak, according to passengers. These passengers told ABC-7 that they smelled strong chemical fumes midway through the flight, causing the emergency landing in El Paso.
“When they opened the plane window, there was just, you could see all the ambulances – yeah, dozens of ambulances, firefighters and everything. Scared us to death. And then they said to us, it’s a quote, ‘if anybody else has nausea, upset stomach, please come to the front of the plane. Everyone just sit there, ”passenger Dee Hart told ABC-7.
Firefighters have set up a command post east of the terminal; at least half a dozen rescue teams responded to the scene. Hazardous materials crews entered the aircraft with monitors to examine the air quality situation.
Frontier Airlines made the following statement to ABC-7 on Thursday evening about the incident …
“Flight 2074 from Las Vegas to San Antonio was diverted to El Paso due to both a passenger medical emergency and a smoke event. The plane landed safely in El Paso. Customers are staying at the airport for now and receiving food and will be relocated to another plane arriving from Denver later in the evening that will transport them to their original destination, San Antonio. They will also receive a $ 200 travel voucher for future use as a goodwill gesture for inconvenience.