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However airport officials then backtracked slightly, describing it simply as a 'medical call'.
The International Business Times was even more descriptive, writing the sick man "broke wind so violently it caused nausea and headaches among his fellow passengers".
An American Airlines flight was evacuated after a sick man broke wind so violently it caused nausea and headaches among his fellow passengers, according to a United States airport official.
Officials with RDU did not identify where the plane was flying in from, its destination or what type of plane was involved in the incident. "But it is not due to "passed gas" as mentioned," he said.
Authorities investigated the incident and determined that one of the passengers had "passed gas".
"We did take an aircraft out of service for a mechanical issue, an odor in the cabin.No "passed gas" issue".
Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for the airline, released a statement, in which he admitted that the aircraft was out of service, but maintained the reason was a technical snag.