Deicer fumes affect plane passengers

December 24, 2008 11:53:40 AM PST
Fumes from a chemical used to de-ice airplanes got into the passenger cabin of an Alaska Airlines plane Wednesday at Sea-Tac Airport and irritated the eyes of passengers and the crew, airport officials said. Paramedics treated 26 people and seven - all five crew members and two other airline employees on board - decided to go to a hospital, said an airline spokeswoman, Caroline Boren.

All 143 passengers decided to board another plane and continue the flight, she said. None of the injuries appeared serious.

The problem developed as Flight 528 was preparing to take off a flight to Burbank, Calif. Boren said there have been no other deicer problems during a week of snow in the Seattle area.