What’s that smell?
That’s what passengers aboard a Spirit Airlines flight bound to Fort Lauderdale Thursday night had to wonder.
Whatever the odor was — passengers likened it to the smell of “dirty socks” according to CBS 4 News in New York — it caused the flight to be diverted to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
According to CBS, 220 passengers were on board Spirit Airlines Flight 779 that flew from LaGuardia Airport in New York en route to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when it was diverted to South Carolina about 10:30 p.m.
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Crews flung open emergency doors once the plane landed to air out the cabin after the aroma a passenger likened “to smoke” developed in a section of the plane, CBS4 in Miami reported. Passengers who weren’t hospitalized waited on the tarmac until they could board another plane for Fort Lauderale hours later.
Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue said seven to 10 passengers were taken to the hospital and their conditions are unknown, ABC’s 15 News affiliate in Myrtle Beach reported.
WPLG Local 10 reported that the unaffected passengers landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International at 5:30 a.m. Friday.
Spirit Airlines apologized for the diversion in a statement, said the safety of its guests is “paramount,” and are investigating the cause of the odor.