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July 12, 2012

Nerve Cleaning Agent Sickens Southwest Flight Attendant [UPDATED]

Southwest Flight 709 at BWI. (Photo via WBAL TV)

UPDATE 7:00 PM ET: Authorities have determined that a cleaning solvent was to blame for the incident, according to WMAR, Baltimore’s ABC affiliate.

UPDATE 6:37 PM ET: While an earlier report stated that “some sort of nerve agent” had been detected, BWI spokesman Jack Cahalan later told WBAL, “There’s no conclusive information as of 6:30 p.m.”

Authorities detected “some sort of nerve agent” on a Southwest Airlines flight after a flight attendant got sick on a flight to Baltimore, WBAL TV reported.

Southwest Flight 709, a Boeing 737-300 (N657SW) flying from Norfolk to Baltimore, was surrounded by a large contingent of hazmat and emergency personnel after it landed at Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport just after 4:20 pm.

There was no immediate word on the flight attendant’s precise symptoms or the identity of the sickening substance.

Flight 709 is a seven-segment flight, with a Denver-St. Louis-Tampa-Norfolk-Baltimore-Chicago-Kansas City-Dallas routing.


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