‘Rocky Ride’ Delta Flight Draws Heavy Emergency Response, Several Passengers Treated

Mar 30, 2018

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Passengers on board a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis (MSP) to San Jose (SJC) were glad to see the ground when they landed at SJC.

Delta Flight 1732 reported that it was landing at SJC with multiple sick passengers on board, triggering an emergency response. When the aircraft landed at SJC at 7:10pm PT, emergency crews stationed themselves not only in front of the gate, but in front of the airport’s Terminal A.

Passengers on board Delta Flight 172, which was operated by a McDonnell Douglas MD-90 (registration N929DN), told ABC7 News that the flight was “a rocky ride,” with several people reportedly suffering from motion sickness. One man described the trip as like being on a boat — the aircraft was constantly moving up and down in a rocking motion.

One passenger reportedly disappeared in the lavatory for an hour before kneeling in the aisle. A fellow passenger ended up handing her an air sickness bag.

Upon landing, passengers who were sick were told to stay on board, while everyone else was allowed to deplane.

The San Jose Fire Department said that two passengers suffered motion sickness on the flight and vomited. Another five passengers became ill as a reaction to the first two. No passengers were taken to the hospital.

We reached out to Delta for a statement, but as of publication, have yet to hear back.

*Update 3/30/18 9:50am ET: Delta has issued the following statement: “Several customers became ill on flight 1732 from MSP to SJC. Paramedics met the flight upon landing, after which all the customers deplaned normally.”

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