Frontier Airlines flight forced to land in Phoenix due to odor on-board; 1 hospitalized

Posted at 9:44 AM, May 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-27 23:20:32-04

A man is hospitalized after a flight heading to Tulsa, Okla. was diverted to Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport due to an odor on-board.

A Frontier Airlines flight that took off from San Diego had to land in Phoenix due to the odor, fire officials said.

The plane landed without incident and most passengers were able to de-board from the plane, a Phoenix fire spokesman said. 

Seventeen people were evaluated as a precaution after an "odor came through the plane and was then gone," a fire spokesman said. A 62-year-old man was taken to the hospital.

The cause of the odor is being investigated by Frontier Airlines. A spokesperson for the airlines provided the following statement:

Frontier Airlines flight 238 from San Diego to Tulsa landed in Phoenix this morning after an odor was detected by a member of our crew. Safety is the priority at Frontier and the decision to land in Phoenix was made out of an abundance of caution. As is standard procedure, anyone requesting a medical evaluation receives one. Arrangements are being made to allow passengers to continue to their destinations.