Plane returns to airport after 3 flight attendants got ill

Officials say three flight attendants became ill on a plane headed to Barbados, causing it to return to a Florida airport.

JetBlue flight 385 took off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 1.16pm Eastern Time, but returned just a little less than an hour later when three flight attendants got sick.

Officials say the plane was evacuated and paramedics were called.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles says the flight attendants were complaining of headaches and one of them used on-flight oxygen.

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A flight to Barbados was forced to return to Florida Thursday afternoon when its three flight attendants got sick. Above, the plane returned to Fort Lauderdale 

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles says the flight attendants were complaining of headaches and one of them used on-flight oxygen. Above, emergency crews at the airport

‘We evaluated the three flight attendants who were complaining of symptoms, made sure there were no other injuries and checked the aircraft with our Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue hazardous materials team,’ Jachles said.

In a statement, JetBlue said it was actually just one flight attendant who got sick, countering emergency responders.

‘JetBlue flight #385 from Fort Lauderdale to Barbados returned to the airport after takeoff when the crew reported an ill in-flight crew member,’ the statement said.

Once back in Florida, the flight attendants were evaluated and declined medical treatment. There were no complaints from the 101 passengers on board.

Officials say a hazmat team took readings on the plane and didn’t detect anything.

The flight took off at 1.16pm, and returned at 2.09pm. JetBlue later got a new crew to work the flight and it departed for Barbados later that evening 
The flight took off at 1.16pm, and returned at 2.09pm. JetBlue later got a new crew to work the flight and it departed for Barbados later that evening

Jet Blue assigned a new crew to the flight, and it finally took off again at 7.08pm, landing in Bridgetown, Barbados at 10.50pm local time.

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The incident is under investigation.

It created an even longer day for the travelers headed to the sunny Caribbean island.

The flight was originally scheduled to take off at 8am, but was delayed more than five hours.

 

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