Flight returns to FLL due to sick flight attendants

FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - Paramedics met a flight that returned to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after it was forced to turn around because of sick flight attendants.

According to airport officials, JetBlue flight 385 was en route to Barbados from FLL, Thursday afternoon.

Officials said the flight attendants began to complain of headaches and other symptoms. The crew deemed the symptoms serious enough to turn the flight around and head back to the airport.

However, a JetBlue spokesperson said only one flight attendant experienced symptoms. In a statement, the spokesperson wrote, “JetBlue flight #385 from Fort Lauderdale to Barbados returned to the airport after takeoff when the crew reported an ill in-flight crew member. The flight landed safely in Fort Lauderdale, just before 2:45 p.m.”

Skyforce HD captured the aircraft as it touched down at FLL and came to rest at Gate F1. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue EMS and hazmat crews were there to meet the plane.

Three flight attendants, two pilots and all 101 passengers ended up deplaning. “We evaluated the three flight attendants who were complaining of symptoms, made sure there were no other injuries and checked the aircraft with our Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue hazardous materials team,” said BSFR spokesperson Mike Jachles.

Officials said the flight attendants said they were OK and refused transport. They ended up going home.

Flight 385 was originally scheduled to fly out of FLL just after 8 a.m. but ended up leaving after 2 p.m. According to JetBlue.com, the flight is now scheduled to take off at 6:30 p.m.

The JetBlue statement further states, “A new crew is being assigned to the flight, and it will continue on to Barbados this evening. The incident is under investigation.”

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