Two crew fall unconscious and are rushed to hospital along with a passenger after cleaning fluid spill forces American Airlines flight from Heathrow to Philadelphia to divert to Dublin

  • Flight from Heathrow from Philadelphia had to divert to Dublin this afternoon
  • Chemical spill on board left crew unconscious and passengers with burning eyes
  • Two crew members and a passenger were taken to hospital after plane landed
  • Were you on the flight or at Dublin airport? Call 0203 615 2676 or email richard.spillett@mailonline.co.uk 

An airliner flying from the UK to the U.S has been forced to reroute to Ireland after crew fell unconscious and passengers were ill due to a chemical spill. 

American Airlines flight AA729 from Heathrow to Philadelphia was rerouted to Dublin airport at around 1pm this afternoon (UK time). 

It is understood a bleach-like cleaning product was left in the plane's toilets at Heathrow and spilled out of its container and into the floor.

After the flight took off, the smell of the liquid left passengers and crew suffering ill effects. 

The captain radioed air traffic control to request a reroute after number of passengers suffered burning eyes and itchy skin. 

Two members of crew and a passenger were taken to hospital after the flight landed, the airline has confirmed.

Paramedics are pictured on board a transatlantic airliner after it was forced to land in Ireland when a chemical spill left crew and passengers ill

Paramedics are pictured on board a transatlantic airliner after it was forced to land in Ireland when a chemical spill left crew and passengers ill

A passenger told MailOnline: 'A cleaning product apparently leaked and some people felt ill. We were informed of this prior to take off and thus delayed an hour.

'The plane still took off and then an announcement later told us, about one hour into flying time, that some crew members are feeling ill along with a few passengers and we have to make an emergency landing in Dublin. 

'Paramedics and the fire brigade came on board and investigated and took care of the ill people.

'We are now stranded in Dublin and American Airlines have put us up in a hotel nearby until further notice. We still don’t know if we’ll make it to the US tonight.' 

Footage filmed on board after the flight landed shows paramedics helping people who are heard coughing or possibly vomiting.  

Passengers were left angry that at Dublin Airport that a mistake made by the airline had left them stranded

Passengers were left angry that at Dublin Airport that a mistake made by the airline had left them stranded

The flight had to reroute to Dublin, where it has now landed and where medical assistance is being given to crew and passengers

The flight had to reroute to Dublin, where it has now landed and where medical assistance is being given to crew and passengers 

The Airbus A330 had 287 passengers on board and 12 crew when the emergency landing was called. 

A spokesman for the airline said: 'American Airlines flight 729 from London Heathrow to Philadelphia diverted to Dublin due to an odor caused by a spilled cleaning solution in the galley.

'The flight landed safely in Dublin at 1:15 p.m. local time, and taxied to the gate. Medical personnel have met the aircraft to evaluate any crew members or passengers who may need additional assistance.'

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A spokesman for Dublin Airport said: 'A Dublin Airport spokesperson confirmed American Airlines flight AA729 on route from London Heathrow to Philadelphia was diverted into Dublin Airport for a medical emergency.

'The aircraft landed safely at approx. 13.20.

'As per standard operating procedures there was a full turn out of Dublin Airport’s emergency fire services.'

A spokesman for Heathrow Airport said the cleaning contractor was employed by the airline and the airport did have any not information on how the mistake was made.

A cleaning chemical spilled on an American airlines flight from London to Philadelphia this afternoon, leaving two crew unconscious and passengers with burning eyes

A cleaning chemical spilled on an American airlines flight from London to Philadelphia this afternoon, leaving two crew unconscious and passengers with burning eyes

Plane watchers said crew were temporarily unconscious and passengers suffered ill effects

Plane watchers said crew were temporarily unconscious and passengers suffered ill effects

Flight watchers Twitter feed, Airport Webcams, reported two crew were unconscious and passengers had burning eyes after cleaning liquid was spilled.

The tweet stated: 'American #AA729 London Heathrow to Philadelphia (Airbus A330-300 N279AY) has turned back SW of Ireland and is diverting to Dublin. Pilot advises spillage of cleaning fluid. 2 crew temporarily unconscious; several pax with burning eyes, itchy skin.'

Another plane spotter tweeted that the flight's captain had requested medical assistance meet the flight as soon as it lands.

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