Tulsa Fire Department: Sick Delta Airline Passengers Had Elevated CO Levels

Sunday, July 10th 2016, 10:14 am
By: Dee Duren

Tulsa firefighters said the Delta airline passengers who became ill on a flight that was diverted to Tulsa were suffering from elevated carbon monoxide levels in the blood.

Delta flight 1817 left Atlanta en route for Denver Saturday but landed instead at Tulsa International around 3:30 p.m. due to complaints of illness.

The district chief that responded to the incident said they initially had reports that 12 to 15 passengers complained of nausea, headache and dizziness, TFD told News On 6. EMSA and Hazmat crews responded and pulled everyone out of the plane.

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EMSA treated nine people, according to spokesperson Kelli Bruer. The fire department said the patients recovered with fresh air and the administration of oxygen.

Another passenger was transported to the hospital on an unrelated complaint of hypertension, a TFD spokesperson said. 

The MD 90 plane was evaluated by Tulsa Hazmat crews who did not find elevated CO levels. The plane was released to Delta maintenance, according to the Assistant Chief's Office. TFD noted that people in the front of the plane did not experience symptoms of illness.