July 23, 2024

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Emergency hijacked plane: 70 passengers sick after eating moldy plane

Emergency hijacked plane: 70 passengers sick after eating moldy plane

A Detroit-to-Amsterdam flight was forced to make an emergency diversion Wednesday after dozens of passengers became ill after moldy food served on board.

“Delta's food safety team has asked our suppliers to immediately isolate the product and launch a thorough investigation into the incident. This is not the service Delta is known for, and we sincerely apologize to our customers,” Delta corporate communications spokeswoman Lisa Hanna said, according to CBS News.

According to American media, around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Delta Flight 136 from Detroit, United States to Amsterdam, Netherlands arrived at New York's John F. American media said it had to make an emergency landing at Kennedy International Airport.

According to officials, it was part of a meal served in the main cabin that caused the confusion, while black mold, particularly the toxic type, was found in some of the dishes, according to a source familiar with the situation at CBS. News.

While the airline did not specify how many of the 277 passengers on board consumed the product, the same source reported that approximately 70 passengers were sickened in the incident.

Upon arrival in New York, all passengers involved were seen by a medical team and none of them requested further medical treatment, American media said.

Meanwhile, a Delta spokeswoman confirmed to CBS News that “out of an abundance of caution,” the airline will adjust its “inflight meal service on many international flights in advance.”

Therefore, only the pasta option will be served on about 75 international flights Wednesday evening, the spokesperson added, but the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be notified of the situation.

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A flight between Munich, Germany and Detroit was forced to make an emergency landing in London last week after six crew members fell ill mid-flight, according to American media. However, none of the passengers were affected.

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