ROME (AFP) – A US Airways plane made an emergency landing in Rome on Saturday after two passengers and 11 members of the crew were taken ill.
The plane, which set off from Tel Aviv in Israel for Philadelphia in the United States, landed at the Fiumicino airport in the Italian capital.
Italian media said medical assistance was requested for 13 people suffering from red eyes and vomiting.
“While in flight, an unusual odour was detected by several flight atten-dants and they began to feel ill,” the company said in a statement.
“The aircraft, an Airbus A330 with 129 passengers, landed safely and all passengers have been re-accommodated on other flights.”
US Airways said the affected passengers and crew were checked by airport medical personnel before being taken to the GB Grassi Lido di Ostia hospital near Rome.
They have since been released.