SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Latest on white powder that sickened airline attendants (all times local):
Alaska Airlines confirms that a nontoxic de-icer caused attendants to fall ill, triggering a hazardous material response when the flight landed in San Jose, California.
The airline says two flight attendants on a plane that landed before 7 p.m. Thursday reported feeling ill after a white powder fell from an air vent in the galley in the front of the plane.
One attendant was taken to a hospital to be evaluated. The airline says she has been released and reports feeling fine Friday.
The airline says the plane was removed from service and its ventilation system “will be thoroughly cleaned” before the aircraft is put back into service.
The airline says it uses a de-icing fluid that is non-toxic.
Officials say that a white powder fell from an air vent of an Alaska Airlines plane, sending one flight attendant to an area hospital when it landed in San Jose, California.
Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Ann Zaninovich said no passengers reported any symptoms and the pilots weren’t affected in the Thursday evening flight.
She said a preliminary investigation revealed the substance was probably residue from the aircraft’s de-icing system, which isn’t toxic.
The airline says the plane was removed from service while it is evaluated.