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Alaska airlines says de-icer sickened flight attendants

By Associated Press 8:57 AM January 13, 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) –

The Latest on white powder that sickened airline attendants (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

Alaska Airlines confirms that a nontoxic de-icer caused attendants to fall ill, triggering a hazardous material response when the flight landed in San Jose, California.

The airline says two flight attendants on a plane that landed before 7 p.m. Thursday reported feeling ill after a white powder fell from an air vent in the galley in the front of the plane.

One attendant was taken to a hospital to be evaluated. The airline says she has been released and reports feeling fine Friday.

The airline says the plane was removed from service and its ventilation system “will be thoroughly cleaned” before the aircraft is put back into service.

The airline says it uses a de-icing fluid that is non-toxic.

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9:20 a.m.

Officials say a white powder fell from an air vent of an Alaska Airlines plane and triggered a hazardous material response when the flight landed in San Jose, California.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports two flight attendants on a plane that departed from Seattle just before 5 p.m. on Thursday reported feeling ill after the powder fell from an air vent in the galley in the front of the plane.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Ann Zaninovich says one of the attendants was taken to a hospital to be evaluated. She says no passengers reported any symptoms and the pilots weren’t affected.

Zaninovich says a preliminary investigation revealed the substance was probably residue from the aircraft’s de-icing system, which isn’t toxic.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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