Jet deploys slides after fuel leak at Palm Beach International Airport.

Jet deploys slides after fuel leak at PBIA
Posted at 3:25 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 06:16:30-04

An incident with an American Airlines flight 1822 is being investigated at Palm Beach International Airport.

Passengers at PBIA evacuated their plane before even leaving the ground. Airport officials say a hydraulic fuel leak forced them off.

While some are dealing with the effects from the fuel, others are nursing other injuries that's left them in the hospital tonight.

Alissa Comeford of Port Saint Lucie says her mother Linda is in the hospital with a sling and multiple burns.

"She fell when she was getting off the plane and she slipped on all the fuel and fell down and hit her arm and her side."

She was one of 138 passengers aboard the plane headed to Philadelphia.

A spokesperson with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue says they treated 24 people for symptoms such as itchy skin, burning eyes, and trouble breathing.

"People were going down the chutes and were able to get some of the hydraulic fluid on them as they were exiting the aircraft," says Nigel Baker with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Baker says everyone is expected to be okay, however Alissa says she's worried her mother's injuries may not be so minor.

"In my opinion, being told you have to go see an orthopedic surgeon when you get home, I think that's more than a minor injury."


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