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'Unknown odor' grounds Spirit Airlines plane shortly after takeoff from BWI Airport; 7 hospitalized

'Unknown odor' grounds Spirit Airlines plane shortly after takeoff from BWI Airport; 7 hospitalized

Seven people were taken to a hospital after fire and rescue crews responded to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Wednesday morning to assist a Spirit Airlines flight that was having problems, according to airport and local fire officials.

The BWI Marshall Airport Fire and Rescue Department and Anne Arundel County emergency crews responded to the plane, which had taken off from BWI and was en route to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The flight turned back shortly after takeoff due to an “unknown odor” on board, Spirit Airlines spokesman Derek Dombrowski, said in an email.

A precautionary alert was declared for the aircraft, which landed safely without...

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