- Thirteen teenagers ages 15 to 17 were taken to a hospital after falling ill on an American Airlines flight traveling from Miami to Boston.
- The teens were part of a group returning to Boston from Ecuador and had eaten at the same restaurant the night before. In total, 16 people reported feeling ill.
- A Massachusetts Port Authority spokeswoman, Samantha Decker, said the passengers’ symptoms appeared mild.
- No crew members or passengers outside the group trip fell ill during the flight.
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Thirteen teenagers were taken to a hospital Sunday after becoming ill on an American Airlines flight from Miami to Boston.
Boston emergency responders said in a statement on Twitter that they transported 13 patients from Boston Logan International Airport to Massachusetts General Hospital at 9:20 a.m., all with minor symptoms.
The teens, ages 15 to 17, were part of a group of about 40 people who were returning from a student trip to Ecuador, Fox News reported. The group had a connecting flight in Miami.
This morning at approximately 9:20am, Boston EMS responded to Logan Airport with multiple units. A total of 13 patients were transported to MGH, all for symptoms that were minor in nature.
— Boston EMS (@BOSTON_EMS) April 21, 2019
An American Airlines representative told Fox News the students had dined at the same restaurant in Ecuador the night before.
A Massachusetts Port Authority spokeswoman, Samantha Decker, told the Associated Press that 16 passengers reported feeling ill on the flight.
Decker said the passengers’ symptoms appeared mild. She did not have any further information on what might have caused the illness.
CBS Boston reported that the victims were complaining of stomach-virus symptoms. No crew members or passengers outside the student group reported symptoms.
By 3 p.m. on Sunday, at least five patients had been released from the hospital in good condition, and emergency personnel had cleared the airplane to fly again, CBS Boston said.
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