US Airways flight diverted to Dublin after crew fall ill

Nine attendants hospitalised after reporting sickness on plane to Philadelphia

A US Airways flight between Venice and Philadelphia has been redirected to Dublin Airport after members of the crew fell ill.

The plane turned around over the Atlantic this afternoon after seven of the nine flight attendants on board reported symptoms including nausea and dizziness.

After leaving Venice at 11.35am local time (10.35am Irish time), the diverted plane landed safely in Dublin Airport around 3.15pm, where ambulances and fire engines awaited its arrival.

The plane was taken to a remote location in the airport while passengers and crew were attended to by paramedics. All nine flight attendants were taken to Beaumont Hospital for observation.


The pilots and 185 passengers on board have not reported any signs of illness, a spokeswoman for US Airways said this evening.

“Medical professionals are evaluating our flight attendants and we are re-accommodating our customers on other flights to Philadelphia,” she said.

Ciara Kenny

Ciara Kenny

Ciara Kenny, founding editor of Irish Times Abroad, a section for Irish-connected people around the world, is Editor of the Irish Times Magazine