Aerial shots of the drama unfolding on the tarmac at Brisbane Airport. Picture: 7 News Brisbane
Aerial shots of the drama unfolding on the tarmac at Brisbane Airport. Picture: 7 News Brisbane

Unusual odour behind Tigerair drama sends three to hospital

THREE flight attendants on board a Tigerair flight that was diverted to Brisbane have been taken to hospital.

The Tigerair Flight from Sydney bound for Cairns landed safely in Brisbane about 2.45pm, a Brisbane Airport spokeswoman said.

A Queensland Ambulance service spokesman said three patients had been taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital for observation in a stable condition.

Fire crews are on scene and are conducting atmospheric tests to determine the cause of the fumes.

A Tigerair spokeswoman said the flight TT680 landed safely in Brisbane.

"In accordance with standard operating procedures, the Captain made the decision to divert to Brisbane as a precautionary measure after an unusual odour was detected in the front section of the cabin," the spokeswoman said in a statement.

The flight was met by ambulances and fire crews on the tarmac. Picture: 7 News Brisbane
The flight was met by ambulances and fire crews on the tarmac. Picture: 7 News Brisbane

"The aircraft was met on arrival by emergency services as a precautionary measure and all passengers and crew are safely disembarking the aircraft at the gate.

"Engineers are currently investigating the potential cause. All customers will be re-accommodated on to alternative services as soon as possible.

"The safety and wellbeing of our customers and team members is always our highest priority."