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In this Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, photo, passengers walk to their gates through the terminal as American Airlines planes wait to depart at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

American Airlines said the foul odor that prompted an evacuation wasn't 'passed gas'


American Airlines officials say a foul odor in an airplane cabin that prompted the evacuation of a flight was not the result of "passed gas."

Passengers were evacuated from a flight at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina on Sunday after complaining of headaches and nausea caused by the foul odor. WNCN, citing an airport spokesman, said "passed gas" was the cause of the odor.

But American Airlines spokesman Ross Feistein rejected that explanation.

"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," Feinstein said. "But It is not due to 'passed gas' as mentioned."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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