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A jetBlue Airbus A320-200 was enroute at FL350 about 90nm east of Greenville, NC (USA) when the crew decided to turn around and divert to New York JFK, NY (USA) after a number of passengers and crew reported feeling sick.
The aircraft diverted to JFK for a safe landing on runway 22L about one hour later. A number of passengers and crew were assessed at the airport.
The airline reported a “handful of customers and crew” felt unwell prompting the crew to divert the aircraft out of abundance of caution. There had been no odours on board.
According to latest research results contaminations of cabin air happen on every flight with cabin air being supplied through bleed air regardless of odours or no odours on board, as engine seals leak small amounts of engine oil by design according to findings by Prof. Dr. Scholz of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany).
A replacement A321-200 registration N983JT reached Santo Domingo with a delay of 5.5 hours.