Mystery Illness Diverts Plane

14 passengers suddenly sick shortly after takeoff
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 9, 2008 4:21 AM CDT
United Airlines served no food before a mystery illness outbreak on board a Los Angeles bound plane.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A United Airlines flight was diverted last night to Chicago's O'Hare airport after 14 passengers suddenly became ill with flu-like symptoms. Four were taken to a local hospital in fair condition. United hadn't served any food on the plane, heading from Boston to Los Angeles, officials said. Several of the passengers were from the same tour group. "I don't remember ever hearing of that many people fall ill here before," said an FAA spokesman.