United Airlines Jet Diverted After 6 People Fall Ill

Oxygen masks deploy Wednesday aboard United Airlines Flight 447, which made an unscheduled landing in HGrand Junction, Colorado, after passengers became ill. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jeremy Kissinger)
Oxygen masks deploy Wednesday aboard United Airlines Flight 447, which made an unscheduled landing in HGrand Junction, Colorado, after passengers became ill. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jeremy Kissinger)

A United Airlines jet with 156 people aboard was diverted Wednesday to Grand Junction, Colorado, after at least six people became ill, United and fire officials said.

One person was being treated at a hospital and five others reported nausea and headaches after oxygen masks deployed on UAL Flight 447 from Denver to Los Angeles, an Airbus A320, the Grand Junction Fire Department told NBC News.

Shawn Montgomery, a spokesman for the fire department, said the hospitalization was likely a precaution because of the patient’s medical history.

United said in a statement that the diversion was “due to a medical issue onboard.” All passengers were evacuated safely and were to be flown to Los Angeles on a different plane, it said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, M. Alex Johnson and Jacquellena Carrero

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