An `unusual odor' diverts plane to BWI

November 20, 2003

An AirTran Airways plane was diverted to Baltimore-Washington International Airport yesterday as a precaution after the captain noticed an "unusual odor," the airline reported.

Five crew members and 53 passengers were aboard Flight 753, which took off from Philadelphia at 3:46 p.m. and was headed to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

A maintenance crew based in Baltimore, where AirTran also provides service, was not immediately able to say what caused the odor in the Boeing 717.

Pilots cleared the air, using the plane's air-conditioning system, a spokesman said.

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