Maggots ground US flight

2010-07-01 09:40

A US Airways flight had to return to the gate after maggots fell

from an overhead bin onto passengers’ seats, news reports said.

Flight 1537 from Atlanta, Georgia, bound for Charlotte, North

Carolina, was taxiing on Monday when passengers noticed the maggots falling on

their heads, Fox 5 TV reported yesterday.

“I could see and hear a commotion behind me,” Donna Adamo, a

passenger, said. “A couple of women were getting very upset, so a flight

attendant came back and told them to sit down, and then one particular woman got

out of her seat and started tapping herself.

“The maggots just spilled from the bin.”

It was found that a passenger had brought spoiled meat on board in

a carry-on bag and stored it in the overhead bin.

The pilot announced the plane would return to the gate because of a

“minor emergency” on board, while flight attendants urged passengers to remain


Once the plane returned to the gate, passengers were asked to get

off, and the cleaning crew cleared out the maggots. The plane then continued to

its destination, where it was taken out of service and fumigated as a

precaution, US Airways said.

The passenger responsible for the maggot infestation was

“re-accommodated to another airline” for his onward flight to New York, the

airline said.


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