American Airlines says 'passed gas' did not cause flight evacuation

American Airlines officials say a flight evacuation spurred by a foul odor in an airplane cabin Sunday was caused by a mechanical error, not flatulence. 

WNCN-TV reported that passengers were evacuated from a flight at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after experiencing headaches and nausea spurred by a foul-smelling odor in the cabin. 

According to the station, a Raleigh-Durham International Airport spokesperson said the odor was from a passenger who "passed gas."

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein refuted the "passed gas" claim late Sunday, AP reported. 

“We did have an aircraft from Charlotte to RDU this afternoon, that landed at 2:19 p.m. ET, and arrived the gate at 2:21 p.m. ET, that is currently out of service for an actual mechanical issue – and odor in the cabin. But It is not due to “passed gas” as mentioned,” Feinstein said.

The plane is grounded while repairs are made, AP reported. 

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