Jetstar cabin crew hospitalised after 'unusual smell' emerges mid-flight

The staff, comprising of a woman in her 20s, two others in their 40s and a fourth in her 50s, were taken to Cairns Hospital.

A Jetstar plane is seen and an inset of an aisle, amid reports staff were hospitalised as a result of fume exposure.
Several Jetstar cabin crew have been hospitalised after reporting an "unusual smell" mid-flight. Source: Getty

Four Jetstar cabin crew members have been hospitalised after being affected by an "unusual smell" on board a flight from the Gold Coast to Cairns on Thursday.

While the plane landed as scheduled in Cairns, in the state's far north, a crew member aged in her 40s reported feeling nauseous and faint at about 9.30am. Jetstar said in a statement to media the woman's colleagues had to support her so she wouldn't fall after collapsing.

According to Queensland Ambulance, the all-female crew, comprised of a woman in her 20s, two others in their 40s and fourth in her 50s, each experienced nausea, headaches, burning in their eyes and lightheadedness after apparently being exposed to fumes.

The crew members were given oxygen by paramedics upon landing and were transported to hospital in a stable condition. Staff say the "unusual smell" was coming from the cabin and they detected it prior to the incident.

"Four of our cabin crew reported an unusual smell and started feeling unwell after the flight," Jetstar said in a statement. "The four crew members were assessed by paramedics and taken to hospital for observation.

A Jetstar aircraft is seen on the tarmac.
The cabin crew were taken to hospital yesterday after the strange event. Source: Getty

"There were no passenger reports of the smell and the aircraft landed normally in Cairns. The aircraft will be thoroughly checked by our engineers."

The two pilots on board the aircraft did not report any smell from the cockpit and no passengers were affected.

Queensland Ambulance Service Senior Operations Supervisor Joanne Selby said staff also experienced a "funny taste in their mouths".

"It’s always concerning when there’s a large number of patients and we don’t know what caused it," Selby said, 7News reported. "It’s not a common occurrence."

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