Flight from Dallas held on runway in Nashville after medical scare

Flight from Dallas held on runway in Nashville after medical scare (Image 1)

A plane from Dallas to Nashville had to sit on the tarmac at Nashville International Airport for three hours after a person became ill on the flight.

Crews reported there was a sick person on board after the plane landed at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Based on the symptoms reported, the Tennessee Department of Public Safety and Metro’s health department decided to initiate the communicable diseases protocol.

The 140 passengers and five crew members had to wait while the sick patient, identified only as a man, was taken off the plane and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Those left on board were finally allowed to leave around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

“It’s just a few hours in the larger scheme of things,” passenger Wells Marvel told News 2. “It could’ve been much worse, right? So as long as we’re trying to keep people’s lives together, healthy and safe. I think a few hours isn’t too much.”

Health officials have confirmed to News 2 the patient does not have Ebola. However, crews were told to be cautious due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

Vanderbilt declined to release an update on the patient’s condition Monday morning.

Florie Maschmeyer was sitting near the ill man.

“He was having some medical problems but it wasn’t Ebola,” she said. “There was a doctor on the airplane and she was helping him the whole time.”

The CDC has said it is unlikely to contract Ebola on a flight. The CDC also stressed that people are only contagious when they are running a fever or show other symptoms of the deadly virus.

“If it were Ebola, it’s a bad thing,” Edmundo Cepeda said. “It is better to be safe than sorry.”

No other passengers complained of feeling ill.

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