A little over a week ago a US Airways flight from Venice to Philadelphia diverted to Dublin due to nine crew members becoming sick. That seems a bit odd since it was only crew members and not passengers that became sick, though apparently it was due to some fumes in the galley.
Well, just nine days later a US Airways flight from — you guessed it — Venice to Philadelphia diverted to — you guessed it — Dublin after — you guessed it — crew members reported feeling sick.
Via The Aviation Herald:
A US Airways Airbus A330-200, registration N289AY performing flight US-715 from Venice (Italy) to Philadelphia,PA (USA) with 238 passengers and 12 crew, was enroute at FL400 about 180nm west of Shannon (Ireland) about to enter the Oceanic Crossing when the crew decided to turn around and divert due to a number of flight attendants becoming sick. The crew requested to divert to London Heathrow but was told that they would need to declare a medical PAN to get into Heathrow, otherwise they would need to divert to another airport. The crew decided to divert to Dublin (Ireland) and landed safely on Dublin’s runway 10 about 50 minutes later.
The airline reported 3 flight attendants reported medical issues and were evaluated by paramedics after landing.
Obviously we don’t know all the details here, but on the surface this sure as heck is interesting. It’s worth noting that the aircraft operating this flight was different than the one operating the flight nine days prior (this was N289AY, while previous flight was N284AY), so it had nothing to do with the plane as such.
I suppose maybe it had something to do with the conditions in Venice, maybe it had something to do with how they provision the plane in Venice, or maybe it’s an act of the Twilight Zone… we may never know!