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No, A Passenger’s Epic Fart Did Not Force a Plane to Evacuate Yesterday

American Airlines is denying a passenger’s supposed fart of epic proportions as the cause for deplaning the aircraft at Raleigh Durham International Airport yesterday afternoon.

In a bizarre story which originally appeared on local WNCN-TV that has gone viral, passengers reportedly complained of nausea and headaches spurred by a foul-smell in the cabin of American flight 1927 from Charlotte to RDU. The report cited an airport spokesperson for the fart revelation.

“The story is not true,” says American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein.

“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.

Airport spokesperson Andrew Sawyer also confirmed the story as false.

“A medical call for someone overcome by an odor was received after the plane deplaned normally,” he said

So, as funny as it would have been, another fake news story bites the dust…
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Mike Killian

Written by Mike Killian

Killian is an aerospace photographer and writer, with a primary focus on spaceflight and military and civilian aviation. Over the years his assignments have brought him onboard NASA's space shuttles, in clean rooms with spacecraft destined for other worlds, front row for launches of historic missions and on numerous civilian and military flight assignments.

When not working the California-native enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, storm chasing, producing time-lapses and shooting landscape and night sky imagery, as well as watching planes of course.

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