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Spirit Airlines flight diverted over terrible smell

July 27, 2018 - 10:54 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Something stunk on Spirit Airlines flight 779 out of LaGuardia to Ft. Lauderdale. The smell was so bad that the flight was diverted to Myrtle Beach.

About 10 passengers were treated for exposure to whatever it was, but investigators say no hazardous substances were found on the plane.

"Spirit Airlines flight 779 with scheduled service from New York LaGuardia to Fort Lauderdale was diverted to Myrtle Beach Thursday night after an odor developed in a section of the aircraft.  The source of the odor is being investigated, and a supplemental aircraft is en route to Myrtle Beach to pick up our Guests.  We apologize for the inconvenience this diversion has caused.  The safety of our Guests and Crew is paramount," Spirit said in a statement.

In the meantime a United flight from Newark to Minneapolis returned to Newark after the crew declared an emergency shortly after takeoff. The plane landed without incident.

United said it was a maintenance problem aboard the 737, and the passengers were put on another plane.