An American Airlines flight between Fort Myers and Dallas was delayed for more than two hours this week due to a “strange odor.”
AA flight 2736 was delayed by two hours and 10 minutes on August 28 when an unusual smell was detected in the luggage hold after boarding, according to Newsweek, but there was a bit of controversy over what was causing the odor
“The pilot came across and said that we were going to have to stop because of a strong smell of propane in the cargo hold. He said it was a can of camping fuel,” an anonymous passenger told Newsweek. “They made several requests for anyone who may have had something in their bag that was similar so that they knew what bag they were looking for and it would make the process quicker.”
The airliner said it was “standard procedure,” but did not name the source of the “possible odor.”
“The customer operations crew for American Airlines Flight 2736 with service between Fort Myers (RSW) and Dallas/Fort Worth reported a possible odor in the cargo hold prior to departure. As standard procedure and out of an abundance of caution, the team requested a secondary inspection and the aircraft was cleared for departure as there was no safety risk,” American Airlines told Newsweek.
The unnamed passenger detailed their experience of being delayed by the mysterious odor.
“We already had a weather delay, then this happened as we finished boarding. We stayed on the plane the whole time, but had to wait until the luggage and fumes were dealt with before we could push back,” they said. “They had to empty the luggage compartment until they found the bag with the leak. The fire department had to ventilate the luggage compartment, and then all the bags were loaded back on.”
Southwest Florida International Airport’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team filed an official report after attending to the incident and after reviewing the report Newsweek said the reason listed for the delay was rotting vegetables, not a leaking propane tank.
“St. 92 was dispatched to D1 for a smell of propane coming from the belly of the plane. Upon arrival E92 crews made contact with flight crew to confirm a strange odor of propane coming from the belly of the plane,” the report said, according to the outlet.
“Airlines decided to unload all of the baggage to find the source. A suitcase was found with Rotting Vegetables and was declared the culprit,” the report continued. “E92 provided a fan that was used by airlines personnel to eject the smell from belly of plane.”
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