September 4, 2023 | 3:32 p.m
It was a bad situation.
A Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta to Barcelona was forced to turn back and make an emergency landing after a passenger had diarrhea throughout the flight.
The Airbus A350 was two hours into a transatlantic flight from Georgia to Spain on Friday when the pilot asked to turn back due to a fecal failure.
“This is a biological problem,” the pilot told air traffic control recorded on LiveATC.com. Shared on X.
“We had a passenger who had diarrhea the entire flight, so they want us to fly back to Atlanta.”
The identity of the passenger remains a mystery, but the passengers and crew were transferred and flight DL194 finally arrived in Barcelona at 5:10 pm the next day, eight hours later than scheduled. According to Flightradar24.
It is not known if the passenger who developed a problem with diarrhea was on board the plane when it landed in Spain.
An alleged FAA runway has been posted on Reddit, which appears to confirm the “bio-hazardous” situation throughout the aircraft.
Cleaning crews were able to clean the plane once it landed in Atlanta as flight logs show it was used on another flight.
Delta officials confirmed that there was a “medical problem” on board and it had to be rerouted to Atlanta for cleaning. According to Insider. But the company did not explain the medical reason.
“Our teams worked as quickly and as safely as possible to completely clean the aircraft and get our customers to their final destination,” a Delta spokesperson said. “We deeply apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience caused to their travel plans.”
Delta passengers have had a rough week in the air. Another flight en route to Milan, Italy, had to redirect to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on August 29 when it hit severe turbulence, injuring 11 passengers.
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