For the second time in a week, an American 777 has diverted mid-flight due to sick passengers and crew. This time it was American flight 904, a 777-200 flying from Rio de Janeiro (GIG) to Miami (MIA). The flight was forced to divert to Brasilia after three crew members and one passenger said they felt light-headed according to Bloomberg.
Earlier in the week, American Airlines flight 109 from London Heathrow to LAX diverted all the way back to LHR after a mystery illness struck the crew and several passengers. The plane was above Keflavik, Iceland when the captain made the decision to return the plane back 1,180 miles to London, a trip that’s almost 3 hours.
American says the two incidents are not connected while the NYT questions whether the London incident may be due to engine fumes leaking into the cabin causing aerotoxic syndrome.