What was supposed to be a routine trip to Orlando, Florida from Chicago’s O’Hare airport this morning, turned terribly wrong for passengers on a Spirit Airlines flight.
Four passengers were taken to the hospital.
The flight was scheduled to depart at 10:30 a.m. It was delayed five hours.
The plane pushed off from the gate around 2 p.m. but had to taxi back.
Tempers were flaring and passengers were overheated due to steamy temperatures from lack of air conditioning.
Passenger Frank Deanglo said some passengers passed out.
Deangelo said police arrived and forced Spirit Employees to open the doors. Still no one was able to tell them why the flight never took off and was forced to go back to the gate.
According to the Chicago Fire Department, four people were transported to the hospital – a pregnant woman, a diabetic and another passenger with anxiety – all with non life-threatening symptoms.
Once inside the terminal, Deanglo says the remaining passengers were eventually told around 7:45 p.m. that the flight was cancelled.
A spokesperson from Spirit Airlines media relations told WGN the plane in question was having mechanical problems when it landed at O’Hare but could taxi and land safely. For the flight to Orlando, the aircraft’s next leg of the trip, the crew noticed mechanical issues that wouldn’t make it safe to take off.
As far as the air conditioning unit, they say it wasn’t working.
And they say only one passenger requested medical assistance, rather than four.