The Delta plane underwent a FIVE HOUR cleaning operation during which the entire carpet had to be replaced – after the passenger suffered horrific diarrhea
- Delta’s Airbus A350 had to fly back to Atlanta due to passenger horror diarrhea
- The aircraft returned to base and underwent a five-hour clean-up operation.
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The Delta flight from Atlanta to Barcelona, forced to turn back after a passenger suffered horrific diarrhea, had to undergo a five-hour cleaning operation that included tearing up and replacing the entire carpet.
Passengers on board shared updates detailing how staff used vanilla-scented sanitizer when they returned to Atlanta on Friday night, where the plane was thoroughly cleaned.
After five hours of waiting, while crews tore up the carpet, passengers posted on social media that the plane was even cleaner than when they first boarded.
After a flight of 8 hours and 13 minutes, the plane finally landed in Barcelona at 5:10 p.m., eight hours late.
One of them took to social media to claim that her partner had reported to her that the offending excrement was flowing down the driveway.
A passenger praised the crew and cleaning staff for how they handled the situation.
Some familiar with the situation were posted on social media after the passengers returned to Atlanta.
The woman, known as Dee W on X, said: “My partner was on that flight! It was pretty bad. It was leaking down the driveway, it smelled awful.
“The vanilla-scented sanitizer used on it just smelled like vanilla shit. After landing, the aircraft was thoroughly cleaned. They didn’t leave until around 2:30 in the morning.
“The flight was met by emergency vehicles and paramedics transported the sick passenger off the plane.
“My partner said the plane was cleaner when they got back at 2 a.m. than the first time they got on. No smell either.
Another passenger on board the Airbus A350 also praised the cleanup operation.
“My wife and I were on the plane. It was a mess. The pilots made the right decision to turn around. The ground crew ripped up the mat and put it back in place.
“Given the circumstances, the ground crew did an excellent job, as did the attendants and pilots,” wrote John Hurdt.
The Barcelona-bound plane returned to Atlanta and underwent a five-hour cleaning operation during which the carpeting had to be removed (file photo)
The plane had only one hour flight time when it was forced to turn back due to the incident.
An FAA flight log is shown here, in which the crew relayed details highlighting the problem on board.
In a text message sent to air traffic control, the captain succinctly explained the problem: “Diversion to ATL – passenger diarrhea throughout the plane – biohazard”.
Air traffic control audio recordings also reveal that one of the pilots confirmed the situation over the radio, saying: “It’s just a biohazard issue, we had a passenger who had diarrhea throughout the flight. plane, so they want us to come back to Atlanta.” ‘
The aircraft was met on the ground by emergency vehicles which removed the passenger from the aircraft before it was cleaned.
Although Delta acknowledged that the flight encountered an unexpected medical event, the airline remained tight-lipped on the details.
The plane landed in Atlanta at 10:40 p.m. and finally resumed its journey to Spain just over five hours later at 3 a.m. A production Delta aircraft can be seen here.
“Our teams worked as quickly and safely as possible to thoroughly clean the aircraft and get our customers to their final destination.
“We sincerely apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience to their travel plans,” the airline wrote in a statement.
Delta has since confirmed to DailyMail.com that the aircraft has undergone a deep cleaning and will remain in service.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, the Federal Aviation Administration said: “Delta Air Lines Flight 194 returned safely to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at approximately 10:40 p.m. September, after the crew reported a medical emergency for a passenger.
“The Airbus A350 was heading to Barcelona.”
DailyMail.com has contacted Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for further comment on the matter.