Fire crews respond to hazmat incident at Myrtle Beach Airport
Emergency crews treated seven to 10 patients after a hazmat incident on a plane diverted it to Myrtle Beach International Airport on Thursday night.
The flight was traveling from LaGuardia in New York City to Fort Lauderdale, Florida when it was diverted to Myrtle Beach after several complained of medical issues, according to Myrtle Beach fire officials.
When fire crews went inside the plane they did not find any hazardous substances, according to the officials.
Amber Kogut was on the flight and said the crew told them they were landing in Myrtle Beach due to a chemical odor. The flight arrived in Myrtle Beach at about 10 p.m. after leaving New York at about 8:30 p.m.
There were 228 people on the Spirit Airlines flight, according to Kogut, and one woman went to the hospital. The woman had difficulty breathing and severe nausea, according to Kogut. A flight attendant complained of a headache as well.
Kogut said those on board were given Domino’s pizza while they waited, though she was unsure who provided the food.
“It seems everyone is doing their best to make the best of the situation,” she wrote in a message.
The flight was scheduled to resume its trip to Florida at about 1:30 a.m. on Friday, according to Kogut.
More than a dozen Myrtle Beach Fire and Rescue, Horry County Fire and Rescue and Airport Fire vehicles responded to the scene.
The airport was not evacuated. Several people who waited outside the terminal said they were not aboard the plane and only learned there was an incident when they saw the fire trucks.