Foul Odor Necessitates Emergency Landing For Transavia Airlines
A Transavia plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to a foul odor.
“The smell made me think that the man hadn’t washed for weeks,” passenger Piet Van Haut told VRT, a local broadcaster in Belgium, according to a translation of his comments. “Eventually we landed in Amsterdam with almost three hours delay,” Van Haut added. “Nobody could stand the stench. Everyone tried to cover his nose.”
The flight, which departed Tuesday, May 29, from Gran Canaria to Amsterdam, made an emergency landing in Portugal, Fox News reported.
“It was like he hadn’t washed himself for several weeks. Several passengers got sick and had to puke,” Van Haut said, according to Fox.
Airline crew members tried to keep the man contained in the bathroom while the pilot diverted the flight.
The plane landed in Faro, Portugal, and the man was removed via bus by medical personnel, who had an ambulance waiting on the scene.
Transavia said that the emergency landing took place due to “medical reasons,” Fox reported. “The aeroplane diverted because of medical reasons, but it is indeed right that he smelled quite a bit,” a Transavia spokesperson said.
It’s not clear if the man was actually suffering from a medical condition.
In early May, a number of passengers fell ill on a Transavia plane for an unknown reason, forcing officials to ground the flight.
Eight passengers got sick on board the flight before it made an emergency landing in Vienna, the Dutch News reported. Hetty Roelofsen, a passenger, said that “travelers started feeling unwell about an hour into the flight, shortly after one person had complained about a strange smell. The eight casualties were reportedly sitting in different areas of the plane,” according to the publication.
The sick passengers were examined by medical personnel in Vienna, and two were hospitalized before they were discharged later, a local media outlet reported. The flight was going from the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to Turkey.
Transavia is considered a budget airliner, based in the Netherlands.