American Airlines flight from London to Philadelphia diverts to Dublin after spilt cleaning fluid


On Monday 21 October 2019, American Airlines flight AA729 from London Heathrow to Philadelphia diverted to Dublin because of spilt cleaning fluid.

American Airlines flight AA729 LHR-PHL with 287 passengers and 12 crew members on board took off from London Heathrow’s runway 09R on Monday morning. The Airbus A330-323 climbed to its cruising altitude of FL370 and set course to the Atlantic Ocean.

Archive picture of an Airbus A330-323 of American Airlines landing at London Heathrow. Copyright (c) Ivan Coninx.

Less than one hour into the flight and cruising south of Ireland, cleaning fluid was spilt into the galley of the aircraft, creating an irritating odour. Two of the crew members lost consciousness and some passengers suffered irritation to eyes and skin.

Flight track of today’s flight AA729 LHR-PHL that diverted to DUB. Copyright (c)

The crew decided to divert to Dublin where the aircraft made a safe landing two hours after takeoff.

Medical staff evaluated the crew members and passengers. Two crew members and five passengers were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.

21 October 2019

Photos: copyright (c) Ivan Coninx /



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