American Airlines Plane Forced to Turn Around After 7 Sickened Mid-Flight

January 27, 2016 Updated: January 27, 2016

A Los Angeles-bound American Airlines flight was turned back to London’s Heathrow Airport after several fight attendants and crew members fell ill mid-flight, the airliner said.

One flight attendant “literally just fainted… just fell forward, put her hand out and hit the floor,” passenger Kris Evans told ABC News. “It was crazy.”

The Evening Standard reported that passengers also fell ill.

One passenger said a flight attendant fainted when the plane was near Keflavik, Iceland.

Passenger Lee Gunn said, “About 2.5 hours into the flight, just as we were passing Iceland, we had a tannoy announcement asking for any doctors, nurses or medical professionals on board to report to the boarding doors to assist with unwell passengers.

“The lights then came on in the cabin and there was lots of commotion.

“I’m a bit of a plane geek myself so thought ‘here we go, Reykjavik here we come’ but it was announced about 20 minutes after we were going to divert back to LHR.”

Paramedics examined and discharged six patients who complained about feeling unwell, the London Ambulance Service said.

Some reports said seven people fell ill in all.

The Boeing plane was met by police cars, fire crews, and ambulances when it reached Heathrow.

A spokesperson for American Airlines confirmed the plane was turned around and issued an apology.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience to their travel plans,” the spokesperson said.

A statement from American Airlines added to the Mirror: “American Airlines Flight AA 109, a Boeing 777-300, operating to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from London Heathrow, is returning to Heathrow due to a medical emergency.

“The aircraft departed London Heathrow at 1205 local time and is expected to land at Heathrow at 1700 local time.”