Flatulence claimed as reason for plane evacuation, airline refutes claim

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RALEIGH-DURHAM, N.C. (AP)- A passenger "passed gas", forcing everyone from a plane at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Sunday afternoon, according to WNCN-TV.

Passengers suffered nausea and headaches throughout the ordeal; a few people became ill while leaving the flight, WNCN reported.

Once passengers were removed from the flight, an airport spokesman said an investigation quickly ensued on what caused the stench.

A short time later, investigators said the incident was a "medical call" and turned all questions over to Wake County EMS in Raleigh.

Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American Airlines, released a statement late Sunday night refuting the original claim:

“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 plane is currently out of commission until the mechanical issue is resolved.