Passengers of flight diverted to Tulsa wait for answers

TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • A commercial flight was diverted to Tulsa Saturday afternoon.
  • Tulsa International Airport officials confirmed it is a Delta Airlines flight.
  • According to Tulsa police dispatch, there are reports that 10-15 passengers got sick on board around the same time.
  • EMSA has 2 units on scene. They are treating the situation as a medical issue at this time.
  • The plane was en route to Denver from Atlanta.

A Delta Airlines flight was diverted to Tulsa Saturday due to reports of sick passengers on board.

The plane was heading to Denver from Atlanta.

Dispatchers with Tulsa police told FOX23 that several passengers reported feeling ill. Delta Airlines released a statement Saturday afternoon:

The flight crew of Delta flight 1817 from Atlanta to Denver elected to divert to Tulsa when a few customers reported feeling ill. The safety and security of our customers is our top priority.

EMSA, HAZMAT and fire crews were sent to the airport to handle the situation. Nine passengers were treated for general illness and nausea.

A Delta spokesman said 152 passengers were on board.

FOX23's Nina Carter spoke to a passenger over the phone. They were told by crew members that another plane was sent from Atlanta to pick them up and take them to Denver. They were told Delta does not feel the first plane is safe enough to put passengers back on.

The passengers left Sunday.


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