JetBlue Flight Makes Emergency Landing Due to Fumes Detected in Cockpit

A United Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet takes off at San Antonio International Airport in Texas.

JetBlue Airlplane (Photo via JetBlue)

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JetBlue Airlplane (Photo via JetBlue)

A JetBlue flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Orlando Wednesday after six people needed medical attention after possibly being exposed to dangerous fumes.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, JetBlue Flight 198 departed from Orlando International Airport at 6:30 a.m. local time en route to LaGuardia Airport in New York City when the plane turned around and returned to Florida an hour later.

The captain of the flight carrying 88 people detected fumes in the cockpit and called for the plane to return to Orlando, but scheduled flights at the airport were not impacted.

Orlando International Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell said three JetBlue crew members and three passengers asked to be medically evaluated by the airport fire department and were examined by doctors.

The cause of the fumes has not yet been determined.

JetBlue officials issued a statement about the incident:

“Shortly after departure, JetBlue Flight 198 from Orlando to New York LaGuardia returned to the airport out of an abundance of caution after the crew reported an odor. The aircraft will be inspected before returning to service, and flight 198 will continue on a different aircraft.”

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