Passengers on Phoenix flight fall ill
The Associated Press

July 6, 2003

IMPERIAL, Pa. - About 28 passengers were briefly quarantined at Pittsburgh International Airport on Sunday when they complained of flu-like symptoms on a flight from Phoenix.

The passengers aboard US Airways Flight 150 were loaded onto a bus and examined by paramedics, who cleared them to continue on their way to Charlotte, N.C., said airport spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny.

"The people with symptoms were apparently doing some work on an Indian reservation and had exhibited some nausea and cold symptoms the day before," Jenny said.

Calls to the Valley Ambulance Authority, the primary responder to the call from airport authorities, were not immediately returned and it was unclear Sunday night what the passengers suffered from.

Airport officials did not know what caused the illness.

The passengers were scheduled to land in Pittsburgh to board a connecting flight, Jenny said.

None of the passengers was transported to the hospital. They all boarded another flight about 45 minutes after they had landed at around 8:45 p.m., Jenny said.

Jenny did not know what reservation the passengers had visited.

Airport officials contacted the Allegheny County Health Department as a precaution.

There were about 100 people on the flight, Jenny said.

July 6, 2003 10:36 PM