Airline says 'passed gas' did not force plane evacuation at NC airport

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RALEIGH, North Carolina: All passenger on board an American Airlines plane were forced to leave the jet after someone "passed gas". The flight landed at the airport around 4 pm, and, after all the commuters were taken off the flight, an investigation followed.

An airport spokesperson originally told WNCN the odor was caused by a passenger who "passed gas".

The station reported Sunday that the passengers were removed after experiencing nausea and headaches from the noxious fumes.

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The International Business Times reported the sick man "broke wind so violently it caused nausea and headaches among his fellow passengers", citing a USA airport official as its source.

"We did have an aircraft from Charlotte to RDU this afternoon that is now out of service for an actual mechanical issue - and odor in the cabin".

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In January 2016, a passenger passed a note to a flight attendant suggesting an announcement inquiring about the health of a fellow traveler, The Telegraph reported. An American Airlines spokesman later refuted the report of a passenger passing gas, saying the odor came from a mechanical issue on the aircraft.

Authorities investigated the incident and determined that one of the passengers had "passed gas".

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