Passengers in hospital after falling ill at Quebec City airport

5 Passengers Hospitalised After Ventilation Breakdown On Plane

5 Passengers Hospitalised After Ventilation Breakdown On Plane

Air Transat Flight 782 destined for Fort Lauderdale, Fla. from Quebec City was at the de-icing station shortly before 11 a.m. when passengers complained of feeling faint.

A total of 185 passengers fell sick minutes after boarding a plane in Canada's Quebec airport.

Quebec City's ambulance service said it treated 12 people in the terminal of the Jean-Lesage International Airport.

After some of the passengers were taken to Saint Sacrament hospital it became clear that the passengers were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

After the passengers were removed, firefighters conducted tests on the plane and said the air quality was safe, Lapierre said.

Lapierre said both the airline and the airport are investigating the matter.

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In an emailed statement, an Air Transat spokeswoman said the flight crew acted diligently after some passengers "were inconvenienced" by fumes from de-icing that inadvertently entered the plane's ventilation system.

"As far as we know, the evacuation was done quickly from the moment we knew there was a problem", Lapierre said.

"We had to wait a long time before we could be evacuated", Devlin said.

The aircraft was carrying 180 passengers.

The unharmed passengers were forced to wait until 6 p.m. for another flight to Fort Lauderdale, a delay of almost 11 hours. Air Transat has not responded to CTV Montreal's request for comment. Originally scheduled to depart at 7:05 a.m., the latest information from the airline shows it scheduled to leave at 5 p.m.

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