British Airways flight makes emergency landing in Vancouver with ill crew

By The Canadian Press
October 25, 2016 - 10:22am Updated: October 25, 2016 - 5:55pm

VANCOUVER — Some of the 400 passengers diverted to Vancouver on a British Airways flight when crew members reported feeling ill have now left on other flights, the airline said Tuesday afternoon.

All of the customers have been accommodated on other flights, and anyone who has not yet left is due to fly out soon, a British Airways spokeswoman said in an email Tuesday.

“We apologize once again for the delay to their journeys,” she said.

The plane left San Francisco Monday bound for London, but changed course a short time into the flight. 

Vancouver Coastal Health spokesman Gavin Wilson said 25 crew members were taken to three Vancouver hospitals as a precautionary measure, assessed and released.

“British Airways has confirmed they were all crew members,” he said.

No passengers were taken to the hospital.

All 25 were released within hours, said Wilson, who added that initial reports that the crew had been treated for smoke inhalation were being revised.

“I can’t confirm that it was smoke inhalation that actually brought them in.”

A statement released from British Airways in New York said overnight accommodation was arranged for passengers.

“We are sorry for the delay to our customers’ flight but the safety and well-being of our customers and crew is always our top priority,” the statement said.

The airline said it was investigating what caused the problem.

The Airbus A380 took off around 7 p.m. (10 p.m. EDT) Monday and landed in Vancouver several hours later.


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